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Aug 2017 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US42907517

IoT Cybersecurity: Hardware Defenses Are a Critical Manufacturer Requirement

Author: Robert Westervelt
Research Director, Security Products


This IDC Perspective explores why basic IoT device safeguards must be properly implemented before considering adopting exotic solutions. Buyers of IoT devices must insist that manufacturers properly implement basic physical and cyber security safeguards over adopting exotic solutions to thwart attacks. This IDC study found that enterprise buyers and manufacturers of IoT devices must raise the bar on an attacker's ability to gain control of and manipulate device components. "The ability of an attacker to gain physical access to IoT devices poses significant data security and safety concerns that must be mitigated. IoT security strategies begin at the device level, and enterprise buyers of IoT devices should evaluate both the cyber and the physical security components to ensure they are properly implemented," said Robert Westervelt, research manager who leads IDC's Data Security practice.


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