IoT Network Connections and IAM Control

IoT Network Connections and IAM Control

Most people have heard the term Internet of Things or IoT and they are probably already using devices capable of related connections. In fact, one of the most common devices used with IoT today involves security cameras. However, with all these new technology connections, information security officers and privacy officers are justified in being worried; devices and their connections can easily be compromised for a variety of uses. Monitoring for misuse tends to focus on people versus automated tech and may not see every breach. Add in cloud management added for client convenience (so users can access their cameras and pet treat dispensers from anywhere) and it becomes very clear how identity access management, or IAM, becomes essential for all points of connection, not just employee logins. This is where cloud IAM tools (like or IBM) and proactive screening can make a big difference in prevention and defense.

Early Detection and Monitoring

Computers and devices can run 24/7, which is already a far greater advantage than physical monitoring or presence. Even with monitoring services, people in IT management still rely on someone actually watching reports and making the determination to react. With IoT, devices do the hard work, constantly set to react immediately based on precoded triggers. The monitoring points can include everything from physical door system controls to cameras to even mundane issues like HVAC systems. All of these devices today are entirely capable of being managed through IoT connections, and that makes them subject to the concern of organization network administrators. 

Smart Device Capability for Adjustment

IoT technology is not only flexible and scalable, it’s also adaptable to changing conditions. So, there’s a lot of benefit in the technology for a large organization. That said, device IAM management needs to have the ability to differentiate between what is normal behavior, such as someone simply connecting per schedule for maintenance, and a bona fide penetration attempt through an IoT device.

Cloud cut-off capabilities also add to prevention before a problem even happens. Devices can be modified or integrated with cut-off sensors that break power circuits if unexpected power loads or malfunctions occur. This stops the failing appliance from overheating before it has a chance to do so. It’s a key defense in stopping intentional system vandalism or operational malfunctions before the damage spreads in a facility.

Data Analytics from Cloud Management

IoT devices also provide the ability to capture an incredible amount of data which, when compiled, can provide trends and analysis of how to change facility behavior for the better. Awareness is half the battle in successful prevention of problems. Knowing what risks are occurring and how they can be limited provides incredible value. IoT devices capture this information and cloud management can summarize it into useful facts and figures that allow information security officers to see what is going on in their expanded network as a risk. This kind of benefit didn’t exist just 10 years ago.

IoT can seem daunting, maybe if only for security reasons, but combined with effective IAM tools, it can be an amazing entry into organizational automation at multiple levels.

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