The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is rising constantly with an expected 25 billion IoT devices to be in use by 2021, according to a Gartner study. Notorious examples of IoT attacks such as Stuxnet and Mirai have led to growing concerns about the security measures of IoT devices. In this post, our Austin product development specialist shares how to incorporate cybersecurity into the design process.
A rising number of IoT-enabled devices implies that significantly more valuable data will be collected and generated, and the potential cyber-attack surface will be greatly expanded. Cybersecurity aims to prevent or mitigate that harm to computer networks, applications, devices, and data. To get the product to the market faster, manufacturers have traded off security. Thankfully, there are solutions to this problem. Making security part of the development process can alleviate incurring security issues with the product later.
Develop a Framework that Supports Long-term Security Strategy for Prototypes
Before you start developing a product, ask yourself, “What security measures can I create that are inherently part of the product itself?” and, “How do I evolve the level of security protocols throughout the product lifecycle?”
Having a security strategy is the primary step. To do so, enable a multi-layered security ecosystem with a thorough review process that includes code review, internal scanning, third-party penetration testing and other steps that create a holistic approach. The protection of consumer data must be ingrained in the product development company culture.
Embedding Security into the Entire End-to-End Architecture
Ensuring watertight security right from the development stage of IoT product design will guarantee secure processes for end-users. According to our Austin product development specialist, IoT developers need to make sure that the basic framework or network architecture is reliable, secure and can accommodate the traffic they carry. The first step at this stage is to get physical devices in the network to securely connect by means of sensors that carry information safely to IoT gateways.
Proactively Securing All Connected and Smart Products During their Development Lifecycle
When it comes to data, the IoT developer community will agree that no amount of security layers is ever enough; the more layers you add, the more secure your IoT system will be. These layers will add extra protection when top layers such as authentication and data encryption are cracked.
Testing and Evaluating Security After Products are Developed
Whenever possible, test for cyber-security early and often to ensure risks are mitigated along the way such as testing for software weaknesses, potential backdoors, interoperability concerns, functionality and performance, code analysis, and other evaluations.
As the IoT industry grows, the amount of data used with these systems also expands. Therefore, it is vital to have top-security in place, from the product design stage, to guarantee absolute privacy and security. With the help of our Austin product development specialist’s tips, building cybersecurity into the product design process can mitigate a significant number of threats during the course of the product’s lifecycle.
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