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Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Explained

What are IoT Solutions?

IoT solutions allow IoT devices to manage tasks, boost efficiency, and drive digital transformation. As deployments rise, IoT devices have emerged as an attack vector as many are designed without security in mind. An integrated IoT security strategy is required to protect against threats that target IoT devices.

IoT Security Risks

As more workers embrace the digital nomad lifestyle, their proliferation of devices on corporate networks creates security complexity at the application level. And all of these applications need to comply to the security policies of the organization, keeping users, their devices, and the network secure.

Security can be both a reason to inhibit and develop IoT services and their adoption. To deliver IoT services and solutions securely to an organization, mobile network operators (MNOs) must include security as part of their solutions and services in order to:

  1. Protect the MNO’s infrastructure against threats to ensure service continuity
  2. Deliver IoT security SLAs to encourage IoT service adoption and acceptance
  3. Generate revenue via IoT security services

IoT Solutions Demand Immediate Focus on Network Security

Providing protection for IoT devices and the networks they connect to should include Zero-Trust principles, including the tight management of access control. Whether in enterprise, medical, industrial, or other settings where IoT devices proliferate, it’s critical to ensure IT administrators can:

  1. Understand what IoT devices are being deployed by seeing and profiling every device connecting to the network
  2. Manage access to the network, including not only what devices are connecting to the network, but also what areas of the network IoT devices can access
  3. Monitor the IoT devices once on the network, to ensure access stays consistent and the devices don’t become compromised
  4. Automatically take immediate action in the event of a device compromise or other security issue

Network Access Control (NAC)

To provide protection in the age of IoT, network operators need solutions that can:

  1. See and profile every device on the network to understand what IoT devices are being deployed
  2. Control access to the network, both connecting to the network and determining where devices can access
  3. Monitor the devices on the network to ensure that they are not compromised and to take automatic and immediate action if they are

Fortinet provides these capabilities through our network access control product, FortiNAC. Fully integrated into the security fabric, FortiNAC delivers the visibility, control, and automated response needed to provide security in a world of IoT devices.

Protect networks with IoT deployments

IoT devices are being deployed into networks at a phenomenal rate, up to 1 million devices each day.  While these devices are enabling new and exciting ways to improve efficiency, flexibility, and productivity, they also bring a new risk to the network.   Frequently designed without security, IoT devices have become a new threat vector for bad actors to use when launching attacks.  We have already seen several attacks leveraging these distributed, seemingly innocent devices. 

To provide protection in the age of IoT, network operators need to have the tools and skills to:

  • See and profile every device on the network, to understand what IoT devices are being deployed
  • Control access to the network, both connecting to the network and determining where devices can access
  • Monitor the devices on the network to ensure that they are not compromised and to take automatic and immediate action if they are

Fortinet provides these capabilities through our network access control product FortiNAC.  Fully integrated into the Security Fabric, FortiNAC delivers the visibility, control, and automated response needed to provide security in a world of IoT devices.