The rapidly growing infrastructure of IoT-powered devices – in numerous forms – is a welcoming and positive sign of the beneficial impact which Internet of Things (IoT) is making. However, businesses should also be careful when diving into this ever-growing IoT architecture, especially in terms of safety and security, by implementing the right kind of encryption techniques that are up to the standards. One such technique about which we will talk today is the globally-recognized feature of IMEI. IMEI, or the International Mobile station Equipment Identity number, is a compulsory part of all mobile phones and is used to protect them from theft & ill-usage. The same thing applies on, and can effectively protect, some specific type of sim connectivity or devices, such as those on an IoT network or run by an M2M sim card. Let’s learn how IMEI can secure an IoT devices ecosystem.
Massive Growth of IoT Devices & Predicted Security Challenges -:
It is estimated that by 2020, there will be around 30 billion IoT-powered devices in the world. This is way much higher than any other connectivity module infrastructure forecasted for the future. This massive growth will present serious security repercussions, especially for Network Mobile Operators around the world, as well as those corporate services that are using M2M sim connectivity to manage an entire IoT ecosystem of devices. So, what are some of that predicted security & infrastructural challenges for IoT service providers? The official global IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines, Version 5.0 by GSMA makes their case:
- Reducing the lifetime of the (U)SIM card by increasing dramatically the read/write cycles.
- Increased power consumption of the device due to continuous restarts which may also affect the device lifetime.
- Local issues within the Mobile Network Operator’s network such as cell congestion.
- Capacity and performance problems within the Mobile Network Operator’s core network, such as signaling storms, which result in wide area network disruption.
- Negatively impacting the IoT Service’s performance, potentially resulting in delayed communications, degradation of the service quality and even service outages.
So, it only makes sense for every IoT firm out there to check for, and apply, the most standard and stringent security requirements on every IoT devices ecosystem. And this brings us to the focal point of this narrative: How to secure your IoT device ecosystem with an IMEI lock feature. Well, let’s find that out!
Securing an IoT Ecosystem with IMEI Lock -:
As it has been already clarified above, IMEI lock is a unique identifier which prevents theft or the thieves utilizing a hardware (e. g. mobile phone, tracker sensor, monitoring device, etc.) for unethical purposes. In an IoT ecosystem where there are literally billions of connected devices on both long & short range LPWAN – Low Power Wide Area Network – networks, an IoT device manager that has an IMEI Lock feature can easily lock down a device, or several devices at a time, in case a breach is discovered on the network.
One of the best things about this security module is that it can be automated as well to react immediately at the time of the data breach, given the fact that the IoT device manager also supports such a feature.
Parlacom’s very own IoT Device Manager application has a robust IMEI Lock feature for registered M2M sim cards, operating and empowering billions & trillions of IoT devices on the network. Plus, there are other features as well included which will help augment & improvise the entire corporate intranet of IoT services providing company. Would you like to see how IMEI Lock works inside Parlacom’s IoT Device Manager? Read our complete section on this feature here!
Final Words …
So, all it takes for a novel technology to get established is its due time for evolution & adoption, specifically so for humans so that as the time passes by, we get to understand & establish high standards & ethical practices for every technology to co-exist happily with the others. And so is the case with newly erupting IoT technology as well. Once it will become a standard, there will be left little to worry about risks and more to gain from its beneficial impact.