The Internet of Things (IoT) is here, but is your security program ready to handle it? For many reasons, such as network complexity, limited visibility, politics and other challenges that come along with emerging technologies in the enterprise, your organizations is likely underprepared.
To get up to speed, a good place to start is your application security program. Sure, the IoT is made up of traditional network systems and need to be managed in that regard. However, these systems are very application-centric. They’re designed to do something, so they tend to have larger software attack surfaces compared to traditional network hosts. That means you need to look beyond and above the network layer — all the way up the stack to the application layer — if you’re going to find, fix and manage security risks across your IoT environment.