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Data: The Currency of the Internet of Things

by Exosite, on February 13, 2015


In Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, data is everything. It's the thing we collect, process, and analyze in order to identify and influence users, behaviors, and environments. And, when it comes to security in IoT solutions, data is the thing we seek to protect, not only to ensure privacy and safety, but also to ensure user confidence.

As noted in a recent report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on IoT, the "perceived risks to privacy and security, even if not realized, could undermine the consumer confidence necessary for the technologies to meet their full potential, and may result in less widespread adoption." In order to reach the 20+ billion connected devices by 2020 as suggested by some industry predictions, security must be a key priority for companies moving into the IoT space.

When securing data in IoT systems, it's useful to think about it in three contexts: data at rest, data in motion, and data in use. Each type of data has inherent security challenges, and there are mechanisms well-suited to protect each. But understanding the available security options can seem like a daunting task - and how do you know which options make the most sense for your system and your type of data?

Check out our Security in Internet of Things Systems white paper for our take on each type of data and to learn more about the security building blocks we've implemented on our IoT platform to protect data at every point.

Topics:IoT Strategy