Embedded processing performance and power efficiency, interoperability and security are key to a sustainable IoT. Performance and power-efficiency, particularly at the end node level, are prerequisites while interoperability and security have the potential to directly impact end-user experience and acceptance. Said another way, connected devices that don’t work well together can lead to consumer frustration while those lacking proper security protocols engender privacy concerns and fear for personal safety.
Efforts are underway to address interoperability standards and, to a lesser extent, security from a networking standpoint. But little has been done to address guidelines for end node system security. A fully-secure IoT can help ensure data privacy and protect against criminal misuse of end-user data. It also guards against infiltration of unmanned command-control systems, including increasingly electrified connected cars, homes, medical devices and even city infrastructure.
While the full scope of security concerns is broad, Freescale sees four key challenges impacting the evolution to a secure IoT:
The Internet of Tomorrow is the advancement of the Internet of Things where secure solutions exist across every touchpoint, from the end node to the network to the cloud.
With a leading portfolio of secure, embedded processors and multi-faceted sensors at its foundation, Freescale is well positioned to deliver the right embedded solution for an IoT product design with the highest levels of integrated security (refer to diagram above).
In addition, we are focused on several initiatives intended to help establish standards and drive industry metrics for IoT security assurance. These initiatives include:
Internet of Tomorrow TourDriving the IoT to you
IoT CenterIoT demos developed between Freescale and IoT partners on the Freescale Community
- 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and the figure will reach 25 billion by 2020.1
- A recent study found 90% of connected devices collect personal data while 70% of connected devices were unencrypted.2
- The Federal Trade Commission is looking into security legislation around the internet of things.3
1 - Gartner Press Release, “Gartner Says 4.9 Billion Connected "Things" Will Be in Use in 2015,” November 11, 2014
2 - Internet of Things Research Study by HP September, 2014
3 - FTC report January 27, 2015