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Information Security

The so-called 'Internet of Things' (IoT) is forecast to massively increase the avalanche of data already inexorably pumping into organisations. It will put even more stress on enterprise networks, prompting much greater use of Big Data and Smart analytics and, perhaps most importantly, will generate a much greater need for appropriate digital and information security.

Within the next five years, researchers predict that the  amount of internet-connected things will number nearly four times the total human population on Earth, and that's not counting PCs, tablets and smartphones. This is about 30 times the installed base of IoT in 2009.

This fundamental trend is bringing a massive, surging data flood, along with major new organisational issues for digital and information security. Gartner describes IoT as being "a conspicuous inflection point for IT security". They warn that securing the IoT represents new challenges relating to the type, scale and complexity, governance and management of the technologies and services required to deal with it.

New complex security strategies

Gartner believes that securing the IoT will be a complex task; "forcing CISOs to use a blend of approaches from mobile and cloud architectures, combined with industrial control, automation and physical security". While digital and information security is vital, it is wise not to forget physical security in the mix.

In this emerging environment, it is vital for organisations to maintain the necessary security posture and to develop a 'Next Generation Security' strategy. Threat mitigation now needs to move to the end-systems, which embeds security in the end applications.

Security breaches no longer just impact the back-of-house operations. They can now literally stop a road, a machine or a transaction. This means that the digital security of the environment has to be considered in any organisation's operational risk assessment, and needs to be 'baked into the system' from its inception.

Organisations, in partnership with the appropriate external experts, must revamp their security infrastructure to cope with IoT, even in the face of declining IT budgets and competing priorities. CIOs must generate organisational support for their digital security strategy and become comfortable in communicating security's business value to enterprise's boards of directors and senior leadership.

Challenges & Trends

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The business benefits

Development of a systematic information security strategy means organisations can focus on core business and making profits

Limit the scope and damage of security attacks by integrating best security practice into their organisation’s

Adopting a 'Next Generation Security Strategy' enhances customer confidence

Logicalis provides layers of security to its multi-tenant cloud customers through design, best-practice implementation of technologies, and strict adherence to ITIL practices

Organisations partnering with Logicalis can have confidence that they undergo, and pass, regular industry-standard audits, and have a fully managed and monitored infrastructure