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IoT Data Security: or, how to keep the NSA out of your building

Everyone is worried about data security these days. And rightfully so — good actors and bad are constantly trying to access your data.

The recent dustup between Apple and the FBI shows that protecting personal data is a constant concern, especially when that personal data includes sensitive information like financial accounts or health data.

But what about data regarding your building’s health?
With the number of sensors on the “Internet of Things” growing exponentially, IoT security is becoming an area of ever bigger focus. Some people have guessed that “smart home” devices could be hacked to determine when people are home, for instance.

James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, even said so directly.

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.

As part of the IoT backbone for commercial facilities, Verdigris is highly committed to maintaining the security and integrity of your energy data.

Security policies for IoT deployments are many times more complex than traditional web applications. Modern sensors have growing access to intimate end user data. As a result we believe companies deploying IoT services must meet this growing challenge.

I wrote a whitepaper that focuses on techniques to secure the technical stack of a modern IoT deployment. Cloud infrastructure plays a key role in deploying scalable, highly available backends for IoT systems. Proper planning, implementation, and maintenance provides a secure ecosystem in which new services, features, and devices can come online.

If you’re just interested in the highlights, you should check out our data security page. But for IT managers, CIOs, engineers and data architects like myself who want to dive into the details of cloud infrastructure security for the internet of things, download the white paper and join the conversation.