Amid IoT prospects, security dangers lurk

At IoTX, Gemalto showcases value in secure IoT

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Amid IoT prospects, security dangers lurk To succeed in IoT, reliable and secure connectivity is absolutely essential, says Ismail.
By  David Ndichu Published  May 22, 2016

Even the most security-conscious organisatios may be unprepared for the full impact of a world in which billions of devices connect to the Internet as IoT beckons.

Once plugged in, vulnerability in cyber security will threaten the operational integrity of connected devices, warns Moath Ismail, Director, telecommunication solutions for the Middle East at Gemalto. For instance, hacking within the mHealth sector could directly impact medical devices or hospital network operations, and could pose serious threats to the safety of patients.

Hacks in the connected cars sector have made headlines last year, raising alarms about both vehicle and driver safety. And security IP cameras, if compromised, could provide criminals with means for unauthorised surveillance.

IoT players in the region therefore need to be working not just towards the Internet of Things, but the Internet of Secure Things, says Ismail.

Gemalto participated at IoTX this past March at the DWTC. The digital security company showcased its solutions which enable mobile operators, consumers and industrial OEMs, cloud and service providers to offer secured and value-added connected services to organisations in the Middle East region. “We discussed how security and data privacy are key to the success of mHealth initiatives in the region, and how IoT in the industrial sense, most specifically oil & gas, relies on robust and trusted platforms,” explains Ismail.

Gemalto positions itself as a technology enabler in the IoT ecosystem. It offers hardware modules, platforms and secure service solutions to connect and protect M2M and electronic consumer devices. The company also offers solutions to protect the data itself through data encryption, encryption key management and strong authentication solutions as well as embedded licensing solutions which enable device manufacturers to monetise IoT.

Securing IoT is paramount to drive adoption in the region and mission critical to support its continued growth and success towards Dubai Smart City ambitions, says Ismail.

Gemalto believes multiple layers of protection as the driving principle of IoT security, says Ismail, providing solutions to secure the device itself, secure the IoT platform and finally secure the data itself through encryption.

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