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 Head of Product & Engineering at Samsung SmartThings. Mark is the author of The Art of Software Thermal Management for Embedded Systems and is a regular speaker and writer on the intersection of technology, business, and society as it relates to strategic planning, product management, competitive strategy, software engineering leadership, information security, and organizational behavior.