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IoT World Magazine spotlights Alan Grau of Icon Labs
I recently asked Alan Grau, CEO of network security software company Icon Labs, what will be needed to overcome that resistance. His answer: show that scalable solutions to secure connectivity are available. It becomes easier for developers to choose security when there is a defined approach than it is to embark on a custom development effort with uncertain costs and results.
The solution that Icon Labs offers is an embedded firewall called Floodgate Defender that scales all the way down to 8-bit microcontrollers. The firewall can be inserted at any layer of the protocol stack and serves to filter out suspect network packets before the IoT device even sees the contents. Filtering is based on rules, stateful packet inspection, and activity thresholds.
The availability of such solutions will help overcome resistance to implementing security, but it will take time, Grau adds. He compares IoT security with the use of seat belts in automobiles. Adoption will take time, especially among those not accustomed to thinking in terms of network security.
Security for the IoT is a complex issue with many different challenges, as this draft documentfrom the Internet Engineering Task Force reveals. But the dangers of ignoring networking security will grow as the IoT expands. Ultimately, end-to-end security will likely become standard practice to maximize resistance to the threat.