Growing Need Forces Companies to Bolster IoT Security Channels

The Internet of Things (IoT) umbrella is all-encompassing: if it’s connected to another device or signal, it’s part of IoT. With that comes an extreme but critical need to secure every device and network around the globe, lest bad actors be able to infiltrate massive amounts of data from enterprises to consumers.

Solution providers are building out IoT-specific channels to face the growing need, with security at top of mind.

This week cybersecurity developer Comodo announced it brought in Damon Kachur to lead its IoT Solutions group. Kachur comes with an extensive background in mobile and device security, most recently working for Gieseke & Devrient, a German mobile security company, and spent 15 years with Verisign/Symantec prior to that.

“I’m thrilled to join the Comodo team at such an exciting time, when the need for IoT security has never been more evident,” Kachur said in a statement. “Without a marriage between hardware and software, IoT devices will be vulnerable to attack.”

Comodo isn’t the first vendor to dive into the IoT security world, but certainly cements the notion that the new era of machine-to-machine is more than just a buzzword. In February, MobileIron launched an IoT division, announcing it would release its first enterprise product later in 2017.

“There’s been a lot of hype around the Internet of Things and most of it is just that: hype. The mistake that a lot of companies make with IoT is that they start by looking at the problem from the sensor up,” said Barry Mainz, President and CEO of MobileIron in a statement.

MobileIron brought in Santosh Nair as its VP of IT in the IoT division. Nair spent years with GE and Wind, and Intel company, prior to joining the enterprise security vendor.

Earlier this year, six tech giants announced the formation of the IoT Cybersecurity Alliance. Those companies included AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, and Trustonic. “The explosive growth in the number of IoT devices is only expected to continue; therefore, so must the associated cybersecurity protections,” said Mo Katibeh, AT&T senior vice president of Advanced Solutions in a statement at the time of announcement. “Today’s businesses are connecting devices ranging from robots on factory floors to pacemakers and refrigerators. Helping these organizations stay protected requires innovation across the whole IoT ecosystem to enable sustainable growth.”

If forecasters are correct, the world will see some 20 billion connected “things” by 2020, up from about 6.5 billion in 2017.