IoT security: The foundation for growth beyond connectivity

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The rapidly growing pool of IoT data is creating an enormous and complex attack surface that is a significant vulnerability for enterprises and the wider economy. How can telcos address the need for more sophisticated security and position themselves as trusted partners to enterprises?


Format: PDF filePages: 31 pagesCharts: 15Author: Saverio RomeoPublication Date: December 2021

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Security can enable MNOs to build beyond connectivity in IoT
    • Next steps: Building on security in the Coordination Age
  • Introduction
    • Why IoT security is rising up the agenda
  • Defining IoT security
    • Key IoT vulnerabilities
    • Enterprises’ view on securing IoT
    • How to meet enterprise needs: Delivering security across three dimensions
  • Mobile operators’ roles in IoT security
    • Telco strategy comparison: IoT security offers vs dedicated business units
    • Assessing operators’ security services by function
    • Takeaways
  • Future growth trends for operators to capitalise on
    • eSIM and integrated eSIM (iSIM) capabilities
    • 5G private network security services
    • Managing encryption requirements
    • Blockchain in telecommunications
    • Secure communication through quantum information and communication technology

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Three levels of telco IoT security service maturity
  • Figure 2: Key security functions across the IoT stack
  • Figure 3: Simplified IoT architecture
  • Figure 4: Overview of key IoT vulnerabilities across the stack
  • Figure 5: Top 10 IoT security vulnerabilities by type
  • Figure 6: Typical IoT security services by architectural layer
  • Figure 7: Security functions
  • Figure 8: Security across IoT solution development stages
  • Figure 9: IoT security offerings and dedicated business units among leading MNOs
  • Figure 10: MNO’s IoT security offerings across architecture layers
  • Figure 11: Operators’ IoT security services by IoT layer, aggregated
  • Figure 12: MNOs’ offering across security functions
  • Figure 13: MNO IoT security offering maturity index
  • Figure 14: Future trends affecting IoT security
  • Figure 15: The quantum information and communication technologies map

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