Creating an App-Centric Network for the Internet of Things

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Security, Privacy and Regulatory Compliance

Applications store current and historical data about an individual's health, location and finances, as well as trade secrets, such as the location and quantity of inventory, business orders and more. Data must be secured against theft and tampering. This can be challenging when data is transmitted across the Internet or even secured private networks and VPN tunnels. Government regulations such as HIPAA or restrictions on transporting data across international borders may also apply. Key IoT security tasks will be to ensure that proper application-level protections, such as DDoS-attack mitigation, reach out to end points and incorporate measures confirming the identity of entities requesting access to data, including multi-factor authentication.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not just the connected refrigerator. It's thousands of medical devices in hospitals, smart utility meters, GPS-based location systems, fitness trackers, toll readers, motion detector security cameras, smoke detectors, and last but not least, embedded systems. Each of these IoT end nodes requires connectivity, processing and storage, some local and some in the cloud. This means scalability and application elasticity to adapt to dynamic requirements and ever-changing workloads.

To support and accommodate all the devices, sensors and other network-connected gadgets that will eventually become part of the IoT, network designs will need to adapt and become more application centric, according to KEMP Technologies. From health care to automotive and manufacturing to consumer electronics, the Internet of Things is a quantum revolution in how we think about application data activity. Is your network ready for the application onslaught that's coming?


Related Topics : Blade Servers, Business Integration, Ethernet, LAN, Network Protocols

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