Everything is going ‘smart’. Smart buildings, smart lighting, smart cities. We all know about the benefits, but what happens if nodes or devices on the network are attacked?
An attack by a virus or malware on a light bulb or an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system might not sound dramatic, but if it’s connected to a whole network in a building or a city, it has the potential to bring down more than just the lights.
When attacks happen, it also tarnishes the reputation of the property or network owners – whether they are building owners or city officials. If proper security and device management are embedded into the devices connecting this smart infrastructure right from inception, then containing and isolating an attack when it happens becomes much easier.
Additionally, being able to quarantine affected devices, independently of the rest of the network, can go a long way to assuring your customers of the integrity of your products, and hence protecting yours and their reputation.
With smart infrastructure, systems must be operational for long periods, with minimum maintenance needed to optimize running costs. All this requires planning for the long term, for device robustness and reliability, assurance of device integrity, and enabling life cycle support for the entire duration the system is in use.
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