The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the way companies do business, communicate and engage with employees, customers and the world. It presents new and exciting opportunities for companies to grow their services and expand their reach while ensuring that staff are highly effective from anywhere at any time.

With the number of connected devices to exceed 50 billion by 2020, the IoT poses the biggest risk to information security within organizations. As the surface area of cybercriminals expands, protecting the intellectual property (IP), customer data and infrastructure of an organization has never been more urgent.

Organizations are not yet able to provide truly integrated environments that can manage and support all this connected technology. Not only are they faced with having to secure multiple devices and points, they are also expected to have wide-ranging response mechanisms in order to be effective at combating cyberattacks. This places huge strain on current networks and infrastructure.

Trying to keep up with securing the IoT is certainly a daunting task and it is fast becoming a critical business objective which requires a comprehensive and strategic approach.

This topic will look at the security risks of the Internet of Things (IoT) and why securing this space begins with trust. It will highlight the key factors that will pave the way to more integrated environments where technology and security can both be ubiquitous.

Jan Julicher
IBM Sub Saharan Africa Security Technical Team Leader and a specialist in the area of SIEM/Security Intelligence