MUD: The Solution to Our Messy Enterprise IoT Security Problems?

30th July, 2018 By Louis Creager

 

The ‘Manufacturer Usage Description’ proposal from IETF offers a promising route for bolstering security across the industry.

 

While Internet of Things (IoT) devices offer plenty of impressive capabilities that improve efficiency through industrial and workplace applications, they unequivocally continue to pose major security liabilities. Many IoT devices feature little or zero built-in security measures, making them enticing targets for hackers. At the same time, many companies plan to add a large number of IoT devices to their networks, increasing the challenge of identifying which devices are actually legitimate and limiting each device to only the access it requires.

 

While experienced network administrators might mitigate these shortcomings with access rules tailored to each IoT device or device category, this work is painstakingly cumbersome, offers no guarantees of security, and creates more work in an area where greater efficiency is the goal. In short, enterprises could certainly benefit from fundamental IoT security improvements at the device level.

 

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