We are on the verge of entering our 4th industrial revolution: the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is a broad term that comes to describe physical devices, embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity – all capable of collecting and exchanging data with other devices. The direct communications and data sharing between devices – among themselves or directly with various cloud services – are aimed to shorten development cycles, reduce energy consumption, enable precise view of a device status, and to streamline business process with higher efficiency.
This revolution has already impacted various industries including healthcare, automotive, industrial control systems, transportation and smart homes. Due to the wide variety of attacks on IoT, there is a need for a substantial granularity while managing the security policies of these devices. IoT delivers the promise of becoming the next industrial revolution, and driving the next generation of efficiency and productivity. But this revolution will not flourish unless cyber security becomes one of its corner stones.