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How Do I Secure My Network to Support the Internet of Things? [Video]

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How Do I Secure My Network to Support the Internet of Things? [Video]

By: Danny Mareco January 20, 2017   0 Category: Security

The internet of things is a hot topic within every industry today, and for good reason. The IoT offers numerous opportunities and benefits such as decreasing operational costs and increasing productivity and efficiency. However, there's one glaring challenge that has to be addressed and that's how do you secure the IoT? In this week's episode we explain the four features your network will need to ensure proper IoT security.

Video Transcription

What's going on, everybody? My name is Danny. Welcome to the "Wi-Fi Minute." Today's topic, how do I secure my network to support the Internet of Things? All right. Let's put 60 seconds up on the clock and let's do this. 

Number one, firewall integration. Hardening your network to support the IoT starts with having the ability to integrate your IoT devices, and the traffic associated with those devices, with your firewall from the other areas of your network. As well as with the other host devices on those areas. 

Number two, profiling. Every IoT device has a distinct purpose as well as a set of basic performance requirements. It's critical that you're able to identify each device based on specific sets of criteria and behaviors in order to assign roles to your IoT devices.

Number three, IDS and IPS. Your wireless platform has to include some level of intrusion detection and prevention. At a minimum your IDS, IPS solution has to be able to identify threats or breaches from within and automatically quarantine or blacklist any IoT systems due to any abnormal behavior. 

And finally number four, role-based access control. Proper network security means having the ability to control who or what has access to the network. This means being able to identify what each IoT device is and exactly what each device needs. Then giving them only the resource they need to properly function, nothing more and nothing less.

Having proper network and data security is the foundation of your wireless platform, at least it better be. It's definitely something you shouldn't take lightly, especially when it comes to the Internet of Things. Remember, there's no middle ground, you're either secure or you're not. 

Down in the description, I've included a link to our wireless network design kit, which will provide you with everything you need to know before you deploy a large scale wireless network, including security. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them down below. Thanks for watching and we'll see you next time.

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