Cisco: Secure IoT networks, not the devices

IoT Threat Defense is Cisco’s answer to limiting damage if when IoT devices are compromised. Networking professionals are unable to trust the safe keeping of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Cisco says that they should concentrate on executing network –based securities that bounds the blast radius of IoT security breaks.

Cisco Secure IoT networks, not the devices

This week in London, Cisco introduced a new package called the IoT Threat Defense at the company’s IoT world forum.

IoT Threat Defense chains seven distinct assistances, including network-segmentation rule creator TrustSec, network behavior analytics platform Stealthwatch and device-visibility offering named Cisco Identity Service Engine.

The IoT threat Defense chains seven distinct assistances, including

  • Network-segmentation rule creator, TrustSec
  • Network behavior analytics platform, Stealthwatch
  • Device-visibility offering , Cisco Identity service Engine

The basic security principle of Cisco’s IoT is that the devices connected through internet can’t be trusted as protected. Some producers are also making built in security protections in devices. But implementation of this process takes years.

In order to protect the IoT placements, it is recommended by Cisco that customers should separate the devices on network segments. Though the traditional segmentation using the VLANS might be complex at an IoT placement scale.

Cisco’s TrustSec platform that comprises network segmentation abilities. “The logical move is to segment these devices to put them out of attackers’ reach,” Cisco says. “If devices are compromised, organizations can prevent them from being used as pivot points to move through the network, and to activate incident response processes to protect the business.”

Cisco’s TrustSec platform comprises of network segmentation abilities. Cisco says that: “The logical move is to segment these devices to put them out of attackers’ reach. If devices are compromised, organizations can prevent them from being used as pivot points to move through the network, and to activate incident response processes to protect the business.”

The IoT Threat Defense can identify irregularities in a network traffic. It can block certain traffic and identify infected hosts.

Cisco aims at the cases of early uses in the medical, power utilities and mechanical manufacturing industries.

There isn’t anything new about the TrustSec and other assistances in IoT Threat Defense. But Cisco is offering them as a bundle package precisely targeting the IoT use cases.

Though any information about the price of Threat Defense is still not known, Cisco anticipates its availability by the beginning of June.

International Data Corporations forecasts the resultant number of IoT to go from 14.9 billion at the end of 2016 to 50 billion by 2020, and up to 82 billion by 2025.

According to Cisco in spite of the surplus of IoT devices already available in the market, companies still struggle with the implementation of IoT projects. A survey was released at the World Forum that said 60 % of IoT projects stand at proof-of-concept stage. Among the completed projects only one quarter are believed to be successful.

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