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The Internet of Things likely to drive an upheaval for security

Jaikumar Vijayan | May 5, 2014
Securely managing IoT will require a combination of IT, physical and industrial control security, Gartner says.

The challenge for IT is less about technology and more about getting ahead of the security curve. Many of the technology controls needed to secure a highly connected world already exist. What CISOs and other IT managers need to focus on are policy and process — specifically, developing secure deployment practices and polices and putting in place architectural foundations for accommodating new IP-enabled devices.

The issues confronting IT are no different from the challenges they faced when migrating from mainframes to client/server or to mobile, the Web and the cloud. "Every time we have a major infection point, we seem to make the same mistakes. We allow it to get away from us and end up playing catch up for the next five to 10 years."

IoT presents another opportunity for IT to get ahead on security, Perkins said, "Just like every new generation of technology, we've got to be sanguine about how to approach it."


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