IoT Security

Internet of Things (IoT) can be described as the next industrial and human lifestyle revolution. Depending on who you talk to, IoT is defined in different ways, and it encompasses many aspects of segmentation - from connected homes and cities, to connected cars and healthcare interfaces, to the devices that track an individual’s behavior and use the data collected for future services. In general, IoT refers to the use of sensors and communication technology embedded into physical devices that enable them to be tracked and controlled over the Internet. Because of IoT, billions of things and people may be able to communicate with each other. Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 20.8 billion connected things will be in use worldwide by 2020.

IoT solutions require advanced communication platforms and cloud solutions that facilitate seamless integration of devices, networks, gateways, applications, and services. This means there is a wide range of exposure to potential vulnerabilities with multiple attack surfaces, creating a hackers’ playground.

Trend Micro realizes that the design philosophy for IoT device security is completely different from that of other computing systems. Signature-based blacklisting solutions are not suitable for IoT devices due to hardware limitations. Instead, ensuring device integrity, confidentiality, identification, and operation continuity will be vital in IoT security implementation. To design appropriate security measures, we need to examine device lifecycles and make sure these security measures are truly protecting the device.

Trend Micro implements a full range of protection concept to secure the IoT: cloud, network, and edge.

For network and edge layer protection, Trend Micro offers Secure Endpoint SDK “Trend Micro IoT Security(TMIS)” for IoT device-makers to integrate with IoT devices, mobile apps, web apps, and IoT gateways. Most security services and intelligence services rely on Trend Micro Secure Cloud servers. For cloud protection, Trend Micro offers Deep Security for a Cloud security deployment.

Trend Micro IoT Security is a security client providing protection against hacking for a wide range of products which requires minimum effort to deploy while providing maximum protection by leveraging the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network.

Some key benefits include:
  • On-the-Go Risk Detection and Risk Assessment - Identifies and evaluates vulnerabilities and anomalies that could lead to safety risks and data security breaches.
  • In-System Protection - Protects from hacking attempts and prevents attacks from interfering with the integrity of the device.
  • Business Continuity Management - Web-based management console that provides administrators full visibility of the cybersecurity status of their devices via a dashboard, as well as allowing administrators to manage and deploy virtual patches to minimize potential vulnerabilities.

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