Nowadays, companies are securing users who are accessing applications from various places through variety of devices, and all this is pressurizing IAM i.e., identity and access management systems. Additionally, consumers expect easy authentication and access to all accounts and information. Moreover, identity infrastructure faces traditional challenge of various links to multiple targets and sources. All this creates an unmanageable “n-squared” problem.
N-squared problem is reason of rapid adoption of federation standards including Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), OpenID connect and OAuth. These technologies include things such as next-generation firewalls, applications monitoring systems and sandboxing systems that permit any malicious code to be executed and all that without harming corporate environment.
One of the other main reasons behind IAM as top security initiative is that it enables right individuals to access right information and resources at right time and reason as well. It ensures appropriate access of resources across heterogeneous technology environments. IAM is important for any enterprise, because it is business-aligned. Organizations that can develop IAM capabilities can reduce identity management costs and become significantly more agile to support new business initiatives.
On the ending note, its various features make it top security initiative and its investment has grown from 7% to 10% in 2014, and is still growing.
In this IoT world, the thing that is on stake is ‘our Privacy’. It is pretty much exciting to think that how we can customize the services and products that we want. Apart from this, IoT will modify every aspect of our life, may it be healthcare, manufacturing, government, etc. Now, the question is “How IoT affects our Privacy?” We share a lot of information with other through social media and devices. But there is dark side of sharing this data because this shared information may jeopardize our personal safety.
We can’t deny the fact that this world is moving to ‘internet of connected things’ from ‘internet of connected computers’. We use smart watches, washing machines, fridges, vending machines – all these things collect ocean of information about us. We are surrounded by technologies and smart devices that seem to be the world of robots as picturized in any science fiction movie. All this could turn against us in one single click of button. What we can do to protect our privacy? The options to protect our privacy are very limited. We can use tools such as VPNs, encryption clients, but there is no such thing that can be used as bulletproof privacy shield.
In conclusion, no one tell how much privacy we will get once the IoT is on its hype. So, for the safe side, it’s better to be careful with whom and how you are sharing your information. Marwick, the social media researcher said that, “Neither privacy nor publicity is dead but technology will continue to make a mess of both.“
Starting with, what is Internet of Things (IoT)? I think all of us are aware of this umbrella term. IoT is about connecting billions of devices over the internet and enabling them to share data. The device then no longer just relates to you, but is connected to surrounding devices as well. These devices gather and share large amount of crucial data. It has power to make us more productive at work, and make our life happy.
IoT devices are everywhere and it is not a fad. As per the survey, by 2020 there will be more than 50 billion connected devices. Apart from everyday plans, there are various benefits of IoT in various sectors including health care, businesses and more. As IoT has become a larger part of our life, it is more prone to security risks or hacking. And, this arises the question ‘about IoT security’.
Today every industry is adopting an IoT infrastructure and few of them are giving attention to security as well. And, any gap in security can open doors for prying eyes to misuse sensitive data. The various major security challenges that IoT is facing are poor proprietary software, network connectivity, lack of internal, security control in the system, lack of standardized security protocols and more.
In the nutshell, to tackle with security challenges, it is necessary to stay up to date with evolving security risks. Also, a monitoring strategy can be of great help to keep it all in check.