Jason Sugarman: Iot Validation:
The Iot (internet of Things) is rapidly relying more and more on devices being validated either
through security measures, on a blockchain, or both.
Tools like Helium based products and MatchX that provide stake of validation through crypto
currency payments and mining is one way There are many different ways to validate IoT devices
for networks, streaming, hardware, payment and other implementations. It does depend on the
network needs and rules which kind might get implemented.
One of the major concerns throughout the IoT supply chain is device security, because most
companies go-to market without real security considerations in place. There are some good
examples of companies that build from a security first perspective and deliver their product to the
market with state of the art security on board. But there are many, many more who do the
opposite, and often create default passwords that are not changeable if anything is present in
many IoT devices.
This is similar in many ways to how ICS (industrial control system) devices were installed into
factories in the 1980s and 1990s. No one paid any attention to validation or security issues as
long as it worked for the thing it was supposed to do. Now for older systems, utilities, factories
and governments alike it can be very expensive to replace those embedded devices.
Now with Iot, many companies have to validate after the fact, which is not a safe nor
recommended way. By this I mean they add a layer of sms+ two factor authentication. Or add a way to change the still 4 digit password. So it appears they are doing something, but in reality do not
really know who the customer is.
Clearly the validation of IoT device market is going to explode in conjunction with the massive
growth in use and deployment of IoT devices globally.