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IoT data security on the road

Posted by IoT Now MagazineJune 4, 2018

While data security is a constant concern in industry, the advent of IoT and artificial intelligence has raised the bar further in dealing with it. But Antony Savvas finds this hasn’t stopped major players in fleet making it easier for organisations to benefit from their data in a secure way.

Research from the UK-based Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) shows that over the last three years, members feeling their organisations are getting worse at defending against major cyber security breaches has doubled from 9% to 18%. In contrast though, the number of businesses that are better prepared to respond to and deal with incidents, members say, has risen from 47% to 66% over the same period.

Be prepared
This confirms the general emphasis in industry now on getting better prepared for impending attacks that breach security systems, rather than relying on perimeter defences that are never going to hold up against everything thrown at them.

 
The IISP, which certifies security professionals with UK-government backing, says the roll-out of Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) on top of the demands of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the PSD2 (Payment Services Directive) and NISD (Networks and Information Systems Directive) are “undoubtedly putting more pressure on limited resources”.
 
When asked about the impact and disruption caused by emerging technologies, respondents put IoT and the rise of artificial intelligence at the top of the list.
 
Piers Wilson, director at the IISP, says: “We have seen AI and machine learning used in defensive security systems for some time and this is now starting to become part of a wider automation approach. But like IoT, AI can also be exploited by cyber criminals, so we need to have the people and technologies to respond to and mitigate these emerging risks.”
 
No fear and loathing
 
While there are concerns around IoT security there isn’t complete fear and loathing about the problem in the fleet industry though.
 
The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group, the world’s eighth largest car maker with brands including Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati and Ram Trucks, is now deploying an IoT data management system – including secure fleet management – across its ranges.
 

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It has struck a partnership with France-headquartered Transatel, which is providing FCA machine-to-machine connectivity and an IoT solution across the European Union and beyond for the company’s on-board telematics units. These units provide fleet management, remote control, predictive maintenance, crash assistance and stolen vehicle tracking services.

 
These FCA Mopar Connect branded services, connected via Transatel’s technology, target both the business-to-business (B2B) market – such as car rental firms – and the business-to-consumer (B2C) market. End-to-end security is provided using eSIM cards enabled with a private APN (access point name) and secure authentication.
 
Tanking it
 
Another secure data management deal has recently been struck between global fleet solutions provider ROAMWORKS and IoT connectivity firm Aeris. ROAMWORKS’ solutions provide real-time remote asset monitoring and data management to any device. The Aeris carrier-agnostic network allows ROAMWORKS to ensure its can depend on reliable and secure global connectivity.
 
ROAMWORKS’ clients range from DHL and Dubai Electricity to the National Petroleum Authority of Ghana and others. Products include ROAM Tank, which monitors the condition and movement of assets within fixed and mobile tanks, such as an oil tankers; ROAM Heavy Equipment, which monitors the location and performance of items like generators, pumps and compressors; and ROAM Fleet Management.
 
Mohsen Mohseninia, vice president for Europe at Aeris, says: “The partnership will support ROAMWORKS offering secure solutions to its clients that improve efficiency and productivity, cut costs, increase safety and deliver valuable insights into business operations.”
 
While the challenges posed by IoT data security are apparent, with the right planning and partnerships they can clearly be mitigated.
 
The author is freelance IT and technology writer Antony Savvas.
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