Protecting IoT devices and ecosystems from attacks and enabling new secure features and business models is critical to the success of IoT. But to do so requires careful, deliberate approaches to designing, running and sustaining robust security over time.
The Arizona Technology Council’s IoT Committee presented a virtual meeting to share and discuss the lessons that can be learned from other industries that use effective embedded hardware security technology and security life cycle management strategies, as well as the current best practices that must be adopted to ensure a sustainable ROI from IoT investments. This virtual presentation covered those lessons and best practices using a specific case study from Tempe-based CoreKinect, an innovative company that is making IoT tracking and monitoring devices for cold-chain tracking and medical applications, among others.
Presenters Christopher Schouten, senior director of IoT at the Kudelski Group, and John Horn, president and chief strategy officer at CoreKinect, also covered the key reasons for implementing IoT projects, the value that security adds to various use cases, as well as the six key steps to mastering IoT security.
“Why even implement IoT projects to begin with?” asked John Horn, President and Chief Strategy Officer at CoreKinect. “Operational optimization is at the top of the list, as is supply chain management.”
The other key reasons for implementing IoT projects include:
- employee productivity
- safety and security
- quality assurance
- asset tracking
- sales enablement
- energy management
- condition-based management
- health and wellness
“Many companies tend to skip the first step of connecting technology capabilities to business value and go straight into prototyping,” said Christopher Schouten, senior director of IoT at the Kudelski Group. “Companies should instead go through a thorough process of what exactly that it is you’re trying to accomplish and then testing those ideas before prototyping or launching your product to market.”
“If you cannot specifically point to ROI on the front end, then your project’s already dead,” Horn said. “There’s no real need for your product in the market.”
Added Schouten, “Validate the dream. Make sure it’ll be successful before you invest time and money.”
About the Presenters:
Christopher Schouten, Senior Director IoT, Kudelski Group
Christopher Schouten is Sr. Director – IoT Product Marketing for the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) and has worked for 20 years for companies whose mission is to protect devices, data and high-value business models. He joined Kudelski Group in 2013, and prior to that he held various product, marketing and operational management roles in pay-TV security and mobile and fixed telecommunications in the U.S. and Europe. Christopher was a founding member of the Kudelski IoT team, which spans locations in Phoenix and Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland. Christopher speaks five languages (including Basque) and is a passionate early adopter of IoT and smart home technologies.
John Horn, President and Chief Strategy Officer, CoreKinect
With two decades of experience in IoT John has been recognized as a Pioneer in the M2M/IoT industry. John has had experience leading organizations in all segments of IoT – he launched and lead the IoT group at T-Mobile, he was President of RACO Wireless a very successful IoT platform company that had a great exit a few years ago and was CEO of Ingenu an IoT focused connectivity company. John’s message has always been to make things easier in IoT. With his broad experience in network connectivity, platofrms and hardware, he brings a unique depth of understanding of how to build successful product launches that help industries drive to better outcomes through the use of smart IoT technology in the easiest way possible.
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