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IoT convenience doesn't require sacrificing security

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Paul Bieganski

The rise of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) has made it possible to monitor and control an incredibly wide range of devices using wireless connections. This convenience can create security concerns. But not for Packet Power.

IoT security concerns
IP-based IoT systems can be and have been used as DDoS attack platforms. Such attacks are likely to continue due to the following characteristics:

  • IoT systems tend to be large targets -- multiple devices
  • IoT systems tend to be powerful potential attack platforms -- again, multiple devices
  • IoT systems tend to suffer from mono culture effect -- they are comprised of large numbers of devices running identical software with identical, oftentimes hard or impossible to patch vulnerabilities

Packet Power mitigates these concerns
Packet Power's wireless architecture mitigates these IoT security concerns.

  • "Invisible" wireless devices. Packet Power monitoring units are separate from and invisible to the IP network.
  • Wired / Wireless isolation. While Packet Power's devices can feed data to the Internet, they are NOT actually connected to the Internet -- they are a PNot ("Private Network of Things") rather than an IoT system. Devices on the Packet Power wireless network are not capable of directly communicating with or aware of any devices on the IP network.

Packet Power's wireless technology has been used in tightly secured data centers run by major financial services firms, government agencies, and colo companies in over 30 countries worldwide since 2009. We recognize the security concerns and implement appropriate measures.

A full technology briefing on Packet Power's wireless network security is available. Please contact sales@packetpower.com for a copy. 

Topics: IoT, Wireless technology, wireless security

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