IoT Compliance

Is IoT Impacting Your Compliance?

A strong compliance strategy is essential in regulated industries facing strict requirements to protect their network environments - and that now includes IoT devices. Without proper IoT security, organizations are not only placing their operations at risk - they are subjecting their organizations to significant compliance deficiencies.

The Growing Impact of IoT on Compliance

Failing to meet compliance requirements can be devastating for most companies, resulting in regulatory inquiries, fines, and public scrutiny. Yet, the IT security managers at the center of cyber compliance may not have a system in place that addresses the growing risk from unsecured IoT devices on the network. This is the Achilles heel of network IT security. There are a host of cyber security guidelines and standards enterprises are subject to, and almost all of them can be impacted by IoT.  For example:

  • GDPR: IoT devices collect significant amounts of data, and much of that could contain personal information.  These devices are often coupled with 3rd party cloud services that may also store data.  Furthermore, IoT devices can lead to breaches that subject your company to significant fines.
  • DFARS: The DOD CIO issued IoT policy guidance in December 2016 stating among other recommendations that (i) IoT devices must be supported by privacy and risk analysis, (ii) IoT networks must be monitored to identify anomalous traffic and emergent threats, and (iii) Network operations must be able to verify the network identity of IoT devices.
  • HIPAA: This HIPAA Security Rule and the Privacy Rule are both affected by IoT.  Connected medical devices can process protected health information.  Additionally, vulnerable IoT devices can be used by attackers as a vector into medical networks — leading to additional breaches of sensitive patient information.
The Finite State Platform

Ensure Compliance Throughout Your IoT

IoT devices complicate traditional approaches to IT security due to the massive and fragmented number of known and unknown devices on a standard network – coupled with the limited line of sight or understanding of what is inside them and the software vulnerabilities they often have. In scans performed for many of our clients, Finite State has seen that most organizations can identify less than half of the total devices on their network, and less than 25% of their IoT devices.  To meet compliance requirements, your security team needs to:

  • Know exactly what devices are on your network – down to the make, model, and firmware version
  • See all of the vulnerabilities for those devices to enable comprehensive risk management
  • Detect threats in all areas of your network, including your IoT segments

The Finite State Solution

The true potential of IoT within any company is only achieved when it’s secure. Finite State deploys sophisticated tactics that complicate attacks, allowing companies to assess the risk, isolate the threats, and defend the enterprise network.

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