How the Cloud Can Secure the Internet of Things

Scott Ferguson

Over the next five to ten years, the Internet of Things (IoT) will become integral to the enterprise, with businesses deploying myriad sensors and connected devices to collect and analyze data.

A recent report by IDC finds that by 2025, there will be more than 80 billion connected IoT devices generating more than 162 zettabytes of data throughout the globe.

With all that data flowing to and from these different devices comes concerns about security.

However, there's a solution to this problem that enterprises already know a lot about: the cloud. The world's biggest and best-known cloud providers -- Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google and IBM -- already provide a substantial amount of security for the applications running in their public clouds.

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It's one reason why when enterprises and their IT departments are considering an IoT project, keeping all that data in the cloud makes sense, from both a financial and security standpoint.

In a new, special feature from Enterprise Cloud News, Cloud Computing: The Secret Security Protector for IoT, the authors explore the role cloud and IoT play in how enterprises are developing their digital strategies and how businesses can protect their data.

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In addition, the report looks at how Las Vegas is developing a smart city plan that emphasizes security and privacy of the data the city collects.

Cloud Computing: The Secret Security Protector for IoT is available as a free download from the ECN site.

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— Scott Ferguson, Editor, Enterprise Cloud News. Follow him on Twitter @sferguson_LR.

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11/6/2017 | 9:54:30 AM
Re: From 2020 to 2025
And 80 billion potential "messes" at that. By the time 2025 rolls around we probably can expect that security and interoperability issues of all those devices will be solved. But then again what if it isn't? Whoops.
Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
10/31/2017 | 5:24:59 PM
Re: From 2020 to 2025
That’s why the cloud comes to the rescue.
10/31/2017 | 4:21:21 PM
Re: From 2020 to 2025
A mess with many pings if you actually connect it all to the same network. I can't imagine how difficult it will be for network admins to monitor all the devices. There will be plenty of automation to check for common issues, but all the alerts will be messy (probably).
10/31/2017 | 4:09:57 PM
Re: From 2020 to 2025
Security is the biggest issue I see with IoT. It's going to be hard to secure all of these devices. You've got hardware, software and firmware all working with these protocols and standards - the whole thing just sounds like a mess to me. 
Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
10/31/2017 | 4:43:27 AM
From 2020 to 2025
Some of the technologies predicted for 2020 are moving to 2025. At least in the figures expected.
10/30/2017 | 7:02:01 PM
Re: Secure now, not later
I didn't really think of the data in context with prevailing attitude about Las Vegas. I think you're probably right about the coming wave of IoT data. Maybe the motto will be updated to something like "whatever happens in Vegas is stored on a Vegas-only cloud"...probably not
10/30/2017 | 5:20:27 PM
Re: Secure now, not later
That should be interesting indeed. And how Las Vegas gets along with it's plan to collect data might be worth noting, while thinking one might wonder if they manage so well the cloud "that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Security is going to be a big big concern as "80 billion connected IoT devices generating more than 162 zettabytes of data," go bigtime by 2025. And what comes after zettabytes anyway?
10/30/2017 | 1:50:36 PM
Secure now, not later
This sounds like an excellent series. I can't wait to dig in!
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