7 steps to IoT data security

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As Internet of Things invades the enterprise, companies need to revamp their approach to protecting data because the old ways aren’t going to get the job done. Not in a world of 25 billion or more IoT devices connected to the Internet by 2020, as Gartner predicts.

So, what are the new challenges that IoT will present?

Basil Hashem, VMware

Basil Hashem, VMware

The biggest change IoT brings is a new scale to an organization's data protection strategy, both in terms of diversity of devices and volume of data that is generated, according to Basil Hashem, senior director of mobile strategy at VMware.

Nick Howell, technology evangelist for Cohesity, a converged storage solution provider, adds, “From a data protection perspective specifically, the more data you have, backup windows and second tertiary storage requirements, processes tend to grow exponentially. You get the hockey stick effect, and the continued sprawl of silos intended to handle this individually just can't be tolerated. New approaches have to be taken with the sheer amount of data.”

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