Avnet: IoT security will become the cornerstone of smart city development

Under the major examination of the epidemic, technology applications in many smart cities have played an important role in the fight against the epidemic. In recent years, China’s smart city construction has developed vigorously, driven by the favorable four dimensions of policy, society, technology, and practical background. According to IDC’s latest report, China’s spending on smart city construction will reach 180 billion yuan (US$25.9 billion) in 2020, a year-on-year increase of 12.7% compared to 2019, which is higher than the global average and ranks second only to the United States. The second largest country. Smart cities have changed from a hotly discussed concept to a strategic tool for promoting economic growth and modernizing governance systems.

Author: Hu Hao, Senior Internet of Things Business Development Manager, Avnet China

Avnet: IoT security will become the cornerstone of smart city development

Under the major examination of the epidemic, technology applications in many smart cities have played an important role in the fight against the epidemic. In recent years, China’s smart city construction has developed vigorously, driven by the favorable four dimensions of policy, society, technology, and practical background. According to IDC’s latest report, China’s spending on smart city construction will reach 180 billion yuan (US$25.9 billion) in 2020, a year-on-year increase of 12.7% compared to 2019, which is higher than the global average and ranks second only to the United States. The second largest country. Smart cities have changed from a hotly discussed concept to a strategic tool for promoting economic growth and modernizing governance systems.

In the post-epidemic era, how to use technologies such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and 5G to make up for the weak infrastructure and “data islands” in the construction of smart cities is an important topic for future smart city builders. Smart infrastructure investments include: investments in efficient connections, as well as investments in capturing, analyzing, and utilizing traffic, utilities, and communications data. Currently, the city we are in is transforming into a “smart” metropolis based on data and connectivity.

Without the rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT), this necessary connection through infrastructure and services would not be possible. It is the connectors and regulators in the intelligent system architecture that play a role in monitoring and managing the output of the equipment. Therefore, the design and manufacture of IoT devices are the foundation for the development of smart cities. However, in the wave of urban transformation, the importance of security components of the Internet of Things is often overlooked, leading to a sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks against smart cities. In the past few years, frequent cybersecurity incidents have caused billions of dollars in economic losses.

Network security refers to the overall security of software and data in its systems, and has become a focus of attention by governments, enterprises, and regulatory agencies. They continue to increase investment to enhance the security construction of major data centers to ensure that they are protected from hacker attacks. On the other hand, the Internet of Things network security protection has not attracted enough attention.

An article published by the F5 Security Research Institute pointed out that the vast majority of IoT devices lack the basic security features of standard home computer systems. Moreover, hackers have already stolen information from or hijacked IoT devices without the end user’s knowledge. According to a report released by the Independent Security Evaluators, it is not surprising that security vulnerabilities in IoT devices have doubled since 2013.

Like most technologies, the development of new IoT devices also requires processes such as conception, design, prototype creation, production, and final deployment. This long development process requires the participation of different manufacturers at different stages, and each stage is indispensable for building the final product, but there is a lack of direct communication between different manufacturers. This decentralized manufacturing process and the participation of many non-related parties have resulted in security vulnerabilities in the final product, and the risk of leakage when the product captures and analyzes user data.

In order to solve these security vulnerabilities, manufacturers must consider creating a chain of trust, providing end-to-end security solutions from the device to the cloud, covering the entire life cycle of the device. However, how to integrate and implement system security in the chain of trust is a challenge. This is why Avnet recommends that manufacturers cooperate with partners who can provide professional technical knowledge, business networks and resources to reduce security risks caused by the design and deployment of IoT devices. This partner needs to be familiar with the entire manufacturing process, not only to reduce the security vulnerabilities in the development process, but also to make up for the security vulnerabilities left by the manufacturer in the product design and development phase. As a reliable partner, Avnet can provide manufacturers with a “one-stop service” to help them focus on product development while ensuring product safety.

The centralized and controllable visibility of the entire process is also a method for banks and financial institutions to discover potential hazards and actively resolve security vulnerabilities in the early stages of product innovation and development.

The technical integrity of smart cities largely determines the reliability of protecting citizens’ information security. Therefore, when developing IoT devices, the same standards as the financial system must be adopted to build an IoT security system.

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