Dear Ayla,

How do I handle the ever-evolving security demands of a connected product?


Concerned About Security

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You are right to have security on your mind. Coping with the complex and fast-changing security demands of a connected product is one of the main issues facing manufacturers in the IoT today, and it’s one of the areas consumers are most concerned about. Given that, security strategies must be included from the outset of your design process.

For instance, your security approach will need to include:

  1. Network security for both the device-to-cloud connection and the user application-to-wireless network connection
  2. Data encryption
  3. Device access control
  4. User authorization
  5. Multi-factor authentication of device, cloud, and user
  6. All the pertinent protocols, which are constantly evolving
  7. Data privacy, especially for personally identifiable information (PII)
  8. Protection of data at rest, in transit, and in the cloud
  9. Up-to-date security certificates and credentials
  10. Over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates

In addition, all aspects of security need to be integrated from end to end—i.e., from the device to the cloud to the mobile or web application used to control the IoT device. When it comes to the IoT, your security is only as strong as your weakest link.

The best strategy is to work with an IoT platform that already incorporates enterprise-grade security, and with an IoT platform provider committed to staying on top of all the latest security technologies, standards, protocols, and best practices. That way, you can focus on what you do best and leave the complexities of the IoT, including security, to specialized experts.

As one of Ayla Networks’ customers said about working with the Ayla IoT platform: “Knowing that Ayla is protecting our products’ data transmission takes the pressure off us to have to keep pace with the latest security nuances,” providing much-needed assurance to Nolan Mondrow, CEO of smart lock maker LockState.

Find out more at:

How to Select the Right IoT PlatformWhite Paper

Ayla Architecture Focusing on Things White Paper

Considerations for Building Connected DevicesWhite Paper

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