At Disrupt New York 2016, panelists, Nate Cardozo, Marten Mickos, discussed how well manufacturers were performing with respect to making their IoT devices secure. The big question posed was a tough one: Is confidential consumer information secure?

In the early day of the Internet, most of the content was considered “fun stuff” like recipes, jokes, etc.—harmless content that people don’t mind sharing. Fast forward to 2016, the Internet is used for everything from banking to connected smart devices in the home to the cloud. There is a much greater opportunity for consumers' confidential information to be stolen. Hackers have accessed social security, financial, and personal information for millions of consumers. In many cases, security was an afterthought and not a priority. This illustrates the need for manufacturers of connected devices to design in enterprise class security from the beginning, not a last minute addition.

According to Marten Mickos “By inviting everybody out there to help you and have a neighborhood watch where they [the IoT provider] can find your vulnerabilities is actually the fastest way to a secure system.” In a nutshell, enlist a service provider that specializes in IoT platforms. It works to the manufacturer’s advantage by reducing time to market and allowing manufacturers to focus on what they do best.

To avoid the security nightmare, manufacturers need to follow one of the most basic tenets of macroeconomics; specialize and trade: Since most manufacturers have an enormous amount of experience designing widgets and absolutely no experience in Internet security, they need to focus on making widgets. Focus on what you do well (manufacturing widgets) and partner with IoT experts with experience, especially when it comes to securing connected devices.

The Internet of Things is an enormous leap for manufactures of non-connected products, everyday to making connected IoT products. Ayla Networks agile IoT platform provides comprehensive, end-to-end, secure platform runs across connected product, the cloud and software applications.

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