The 2021 IntelliSite Security Series: Part 2

November 23, 2020 / AIhBMIoTMegaTrends SeriesSCaaSTechnology

Part 2: Cybersecurity 

Last week, based on the recently unveiled 2021 SIA Megatrends report, we published a post talking about IntelliSite’s capabilities in AI. This week, we’ll be addressing the #2 topic that was included in the Megatrends report: Cybersecurity.  

Here, we’re going to discuss the importance of how IntelliSite addresses cybersecurity for physical systems, or cyber physical systems (CPS). But first, let’s set the stage.  

There’s a big debate in the security industry today about how organizations incorporate security into their products – whether it’s designed and built with cybersecurity from the start, or if it’s incorporated after the fact in hopes of addressing new and changing threats. 

This is an incredibly important conversation, given that nearly everyone is continuing to rely heavily on these devices for almost everything – business operations, car maintenance, health monitoring, home security – you name it. To put it in perspective, according to Security Today, there will be an estimated 31 billion IoT devices installed by the end of this year, rising to 35 billion in 2021 

While the IoT market continues to grow and, as a result, modern and innovative digital threats become prevalent, IntelliSite believes that cybersecurity needs to be a key consideration in the design and development phase for products. Here’s a common question: Why would you implement cybersecurity solutions if new threats are emerging? Consider this quote from Homeland Security’s Cyber Physical Systems Security division. 

Cybersecurity only becomes more challenging if billions of devices with security vulnerabilities are added. Addressing security issues by bolting solutions onto widely deployed systems is not viable. Security issues must be analyzed, understood, and addressed in the early stages of design and deployment.” 

By building cybersecurity from the ground up as opposed to add-ons, IntelliSite is staying compliant with cybersecurity best practices and offering our customers more robust, reliable security. This is a key differential in what we offer to our customers compared to our competitors’ cybersecurity offerings after the fact.  

Think of it this way: Something optimized for a specific product usually works better, right? iOS software for iPhones, Ford parts for a Ford vehicle, a Verizon router for Fios Wi-Fi service, etc. The engineers have a holistic view of the product from end-to-end, so they build it with the best parts which usually translates to an exceptional product and seamless user experience.  

Since IntelliSite builds its own hardware and software, cybersecurity is incorporated into the software with hardware in mind, so that they complement each other and run like a well-oiled machine (or IoT device, in this case).  

Additionally, our IntelliCore Suite of software contains AI-based capabilities that many of our customers are using for mission-critical applications, and can’t afford any downtime due to malicious attacks or cybersecurity flaws. These organizations need to monitor and gain access to critical information in real-time – if devices are incapacitated due to cybersecurity attacks, who knows what kind of impact this will have on management, operations, revenue, and a range of other areas.  

We’d love to explain further about how we build cybersecurity the right way for our hardware and software offerings. To learn more, we encourage you to visit our website, schedule a short demo, and/or contact an IntelliSite expert. 

In our next post, we’ll delve into Megatrend #3 – Predictive Data Analytics…stay tuned! 

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