The internet of things is about more than connected machines, it is about secure technology and connectivity.
Speaking at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) conference in Belfast, Raj Samani, EMEA CTO of McAfee and EMEA strategy advisor at the Cloud Security Alliance, said that a 'greater impact demands greater assurance', and it was about greater confidence in technology.
He said: “The funny thing is, 15 years ago it was about floppy disks and modems, and I remember walking around switching off modems at the end of the day in the job I was in at the time. Now it is about how many entry points there are into the network and how many third party suppliers you have.
“In that job we had 10,000 applications and I had three members of staff. Greater management necessitates greater assurance.”
Samani argued that the recent ENISA report on 'cloud computing being a safe environment' made the cloud a jucier target, and argued that rather than assessing once a year, there was a need to do constant, real-time assessments.
“It has been said that 'you need to address the cloud security challenges before cloud computing becomes ubiqutous'; well that horse bolted two years ago. Now we need to address cloud security today as tomorrow demands it,” he said.