ABSTRACT: As devices all around us become connected to the Internet, manufacturers of durable goods are finding themselves with the uncomfortable responsibility of solving security and personal privacy problems. This article points key reasons why IoT security is hard, including pervasive physical access, resource-constrained systems, complex deployment topologies, and inadequate organizational capabilities. Manufacturers willing to embrace security as a cultural norm for their organization can position them to turn security risks into strategic competitive advantage.
Mark Benson is Vice President of Engineering at SmartThings, a technology company based in Mountain View, CA and a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. Mark is a regular speaker and writer on the intersection of technology, business, and society as it relates to product development, technology leadership, strategic planning and execution, intellectual property portfolio management, software architecture, information security, competitive positioning, and organizational behavior.