What is IoT Security?

IoT security is the act of securing Internet of Things devices and the networks they’re connected to. In the business setting, IoT devices include industrial machines, smart energy grids, building automation, plus whatever personal IoT devices employees bring to work.


What are the main challenges?

IoT devices were not built with security in mind. In the majority of cases, there is no way to install security on the device itself. In addition, they sometimes ship with malware on them, which then infects the network they are connected to.

Some network security doesn’t have the ability to detect IoT devices connected to it and/or the visibility to know what devices are communicating through the network.


How can today's requirements be addressed?

IoT security can only be accomplished with an integrated solution that delivers visibility, segmentation, and protection throughout the entire network infrastructure, such as a holistic security fabric approach.

Your solution must have the ability to:

  • Learn: With complete network visibility, security solutions can authenticate and classify IoT devices to build a risk profile and assign them to IoT device groups.
  • Segment: Once the enterprise understands its IoT attack surface, IoT devices can be segmented into policy-driven groups based on their risk profiles.
  • Protect: The policy-driven IoT groups and internal network segmentation enable monitoring, inspection, and policy enforcement based on the activity at various points within the infrastructure.


Where can I learn more about securing IoT?

Visit the Fortinet IoT solution page to get the details.