Benefits of Combining SD-WAN and SDP for IoT Security and Performance

TYLER GARLAND | July 12, 2018

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The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices has clear benefits and drawbacks for organizations. On the bright side, IoT's arrival should enable data collection and aggregation at unprecedented scale, possibly leading to more informed decision-making. Plus, embedded sensors within items such as pharmaceutical supply chains, unique markings on medical devices and low-power wide area networks (LPWANs) may also combine to ensure more accurate tracking of items throughout supply chains. At the same time, there are many new risks in both security and network performance: IoT infrastructure is uniquely vulnerable to exploits affecting wireless protocols such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, in part because it often lacks easy mechanisms for patching known flaws. Many IoT products run legacy versions of the Linux kernel and can't be updated.

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