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There will be an estimated 200 billion Internet of things devices by 2020

Thycotic protects you against data loss and exposure, threats to property and human life, and financial risk and loss caused by Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerabilities.

WHAT’s the challenge?

Previously secure systems become vulnerable when connected to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, as IoT devices lack security protections and access controls.

WHY it’s important

Cyber criminals can use IoT devices to gain unauthorized access to your network and launch attacks against your critical infrastructure. Enterprise networks for utilities, retail, healthcare, and many other industries are vulnerable.

HOW we solve it

Thycotic Secret Server protects and manages all administrative credentials for IoT devices, making sure attackers can’t gain access to Internet of Things devices and use them to escalate their network privileges.

Internet of Things Should Top Your List of Security Projects

Tying down an IoT security solution that works well for your organization may not be the simplest cyber security project you’ve tackled, but it’s one that you must prioritize.  No longer is the Internet of Things solely about consumer gadgets like Nest Cameras, Amazon Echos, Fitbits, and Smart Lightbulbs. Instead, healthcare devices and patient monitoring systems, digital sensors for weather or traffic speeds, and Industrial Controls Systems (ICS) including power stations, energy grids, water treatment plants, and cargo ships are being connected to sensors, monitors, and big data analysis tools, creating an IoT web that transmits data across networks and often into the cloud.

These connected devices pose a significant risk because they typically do not exhibit the same security controls compared with those protecting the rest of the enterprise network. For example, industrial control systems are often expected to be maintained for many years before being replaced or updated — some with a lifecycle of 15 or more years. This is common in non-consumer devices and as a result, IoT software frequently remains unpatched, usernames and passwords configured by the manufacturer are left unchanged, and traffic involved in managing these devices is usually unencrypted.

In the past, many devices and software that managed or health and our nation’s critical infrastructures were air-gapped and isolated from the public internet or physically segregated from corporate networks. This meant that security took priority at the expense of performance and productivity. But with the advent of Big Data Analytics and the Internet of Things, these previously isolated systems are being exposed to threats from internet connections and internet-connected devices. Cyber criminals and attackers are increasingly exploiting the weaker security issues associated with IoT devices to compromise them and use them as launching platforms to gain unauthorized access to full network systems.

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Stolen credentials may allow attackers to control physical infrastructure remotely and facilitate attacks on many of the vendor’s customers simultaneously.

Industrial Internet Consortium on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Security

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See how Privileged Account Management can add an additional layer of security to help control, monitor and secure IoT devices. Learn how businesses can readily authenticate all connected IoT devices on your network by:

  • Creating a comprehensive IoT management plan for accountability
  • Adopting IoT and PAM best practices in your organization

Protect your IoT Environment with Secret Server

The Industrial Internet Consortium provides guidance to protect IoT devices. To enable deployment and enforcement of the IIC “security characteristic,” Thycotic Privileged Account Management solutions provide password protection for IoT devices in your infrastructure.

Thycotic Secret Server delivers an end-to-end, automated Privileged Account Management protection that provides an additional layer of security to help control, monitor, and secure IoT devices in your environment. Secret Server enables you to readily authenticate all connected IoT devices on your network and protect them from unauthorized access from external attackers and malicious insiders.

As a highly extensible and customizable password security solution, Secret Server allows IT and security administrators to easily manage and secure privileged account access, including remote devices (SSH, Telnet, etc.), containing administrative account privileged passwords.

Secret Server provides automated capabilities to discover privileged accounts, and schedule the rotation of privileged account passwords. Secret Server’s Privileged Behavior Analytics delivers a powerful platform that helps detect unusual behavior of privileged accounts – an early warning sign of insider threats or privileged account compromise. In addition, many IoT devices can be managed directly from Secret Server using Session Launching to ensure all access to devices is logged for audit requirements, recording who has accessed which device, when, and with what level of access permissions.

Choosing Secret Server to automate your privileged account password management gives you the tools and capabilities to:

  • Create a comprehensive IoT privileged password management plan for accountability.

  • Adopt IoT and Privileged Account Management best practices across your enterprise.

IIoT system security should rely on automation as much as possible, but people must be able to interact with the security implementation to monitor status, review analytics, make decisions when needed and plan modifications and improvements.

Industrial Internet Consortium on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Security

Credential Management is Key to IoT Security

Many industrial organizations and enterprise networks rely on NIST or NERC-CIP guidelines to establish best practices to protect their infrastructures from unauthorized access. A major component of all these guidelines focuses on Credential Management.

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) states that “if the credential management process is not correctly implemented and adhered to, then the results of the endpoint authentication may not provide the level of trust desired.” In the industrial sector, the use of trusted devices is critical to maintaining proper IoT security, and this is valuable guidance for all IoT manufacturers. Credential management control ensures that organizations are able to generate authorized credentials, securely store them, renew and rotate those credentials on schedules and on-demand, revoke credential access when no longer needed, and maintain an audit trail record of usage activity. Without credential management, your IoT security solution is no solution at all.

To assure proper security, the IIC published a Security Framework for protecting devices associated with IoT. This security framework lists the top five characteristics that most affect the trust decisions of an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) deployment. They are: security, safety, reliability, resilience, and privacy. The IIC recommendations for security are clear:

The threat is one of the largest we face, since it involves more than just data or financial loss. Damage to property, the environment, and harm to humans are all possible when industrial type controls are used for malicious purposes.

-Industrial Internet Consortium on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Security

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The Industrial Internet Consortium published an Industrial Internet of Things Security Framework, which we refer to in this article. It is the most comprehensive framework for protecting an Internet of Things environment in organizations. http://www.iiconsortium.org/IISF.htm

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