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Security-by-Design Is the Way for IoT Security – Kaspersky

We are currently seeing an increase in the digitalisation of industries worldwide. For the Asia Pacific region, the automation of the manufacturing industry with the use of the various emerging technologies leveraging faster connectivity is on the rise.

In a recent webinar titled “Securing Your Customised Future”, Kaspersky predicts that this change will lead to a future where your preferences will directly affect the products and services of tomorrow. To give an example, Stephan Neumeier, Kaspersky’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific, mentioned how Singapore’s smart floating fish farm has the ability to customise how fish are reared through the data gathered with the help of IoT.

He explained that the fish are in a controlled environment and are being monitored by cameras and other sensors to determine what types of food they should have, for instance. All this data is collected and analysed to maintain the highest quality of operations and produce. As a result, Singapore can manage its production locally and becomes less dependent on foreign states to fulfil local demands.

Nevertheless, Stephan said that such data needs to be secured as well because any tampering may influence the entire production and endanger the lives of the fish. He used this example to illustrate the importance of securing data as organisations continue to step up IoT implementations. “IoT is not in the future anymore. It’s already out there. We have IoT in companies, in homes. You have CCTV, you have phones, a lot of stuff is already connected to each other and is collecting [data]”.

Stephan added, “The more connected devices we’re going to have, the more data we’re going to process, which means more vulnerabilities and risks in security. Obviously, cybersecurity protecting this data has become even more important for the future”.

Showing the implications of this change in cybersecurity to various industries, Stephan mentioned the manufacturing industry in APAC, which, according to him, remains the powerhouse of manufacturing this year.

“From the IT standpoint, the more digital those manufacturing sites become, the more important it is that they should have cybersecurity as one of the key critical criteria to consider. With the right security framework, companies should be driven by global threat intelligence, keeping in mind the threats, attacks, incidents and breaches in cybersecurity”, he added. Stephan lists down the solutions for this – prevent, detect, respond and predict.

Cybersecurity investments have to increase to meet all the demands of the changing digital landscape and to adapt to the modern vulnerabilities emerging today. However, Stephan’s advice is that organisations should first know where exactly they should invest.

“Companies like us have predictive capabilities that can help what type of threats they are facing based on various intel or information. Based on this prediction, whether they need traditional or more sophisticated measures, customers can make much better decisions on how and where to invest”, Stephan explained.

       

He then introduced KasperskyOS, which he described as an operating system (OS) that takes a security-by-design approach in IoT. In the usual OS, maintenance should regularly be monitored and apps should be updated on-time to function. “The approach which we are really looking into for customers is a security-by-design operating system where each individual app is working independently from each other and the connection of the apps to the OS level is secured with a dedicated security layer”.

The KasperskyOS is for embedded connected devices and according to Stephan, the only way to secure IoT devices is through a secure-by-design system. KasperskyOS aims to close the gap between general-purpose operating systems by providing a high-assurance secure platform which is capable of enforcing any given policy for different critical applications. This approach ensures that even from the start, cybersecurity can be customised, by design, depending on the needs of industries.

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