Did you get a techy gift for the holidays? You’re not alone. According to Consumer Electronics Association’s Shawn DuBravac, 65% of Americans said they were going to buy a consumer electronics gift this year. Given that most of them are connected devices, that’s a lot of IoT.

And with Santa’s sack full of smart gadgets and appliances comes a sleigh full of security concerns. But don’t worry, we’ve got a way to remember how to build a secure connected device—play it S.A.F.E.

  • START (at the beginning)
    • Security should be integrated with your product from the very start, not just the icing on the sugar cookie (sorry, we’ll stop with the holiday jokes). From firmware to encrypting data to generating new keys, security should be top of mind in every step of the product life cycle.
    • Perform an audit of your security before the product launches. Test regularly. Program your device to watch user behavior, learn the norms, and decide when to sound the alarm. Stay on top of security best practices and run your product through them.
    • Speaking of staying on top of security, that’s actually a really tricky job, especially when it’s not in your wheelhouse. Find experts in the field that can consult on IoT security and take the pressure off of you. That way you can focus on what you do best—making really cool Christmas presents.
    • As Lee Gruenfield wisely points out, consumers are looking for ease with IoT, not complicated passwords and authentication. So it’s important for us makers of connected products to educate customers on how their information is secure, and how they can keep themselves safe—all while making it easy for them to do so.

Want to know more about the current landscape of IoT security? Check out this Slideshare or give us a holler.

And don’t forget, if you’re headed to CES, here’s a great discussion to attend on how to stay S.A.F.E.:

The IoT: Mitigating Risks and Harnessing Potential
January 8, 11:30 am—12:30 pm