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eBook reveals Top IoT Security Trends of 2021

10 August 2021

element14.com, an Avnet community, has released a new eBook for its members providing an insightful overview of IoT Security trends, relevant algorithms and cryptography for security use, along with a rundown of the latest in communication, edge device, gateway server, and cloud level security.

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows millions of servers, devices, and people across the world to communicate, share information, and achieve both simple and intricate goals through multiple applications. As IoT has improved over time, many service fields have benefited. However recent research shows that 90% of consumers are worried about IoT vulnerabilities concerning their data. This eBook provides an overview of both the threats and security options for IoT now and in the future, including:

• Current IoT architecture and models, ranging from the most basic three-layer model to the more advanced five-layer model.
• The most common forms of security breaches in IoT.
• Algorithms used in standard IoT security implementation, including RSA, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA), and Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC).
• Error correction and cryptography methods used to protect encrypted data.
• Security threats on edge devices, including risks around firmware interference and IC key capture, and products that can help enhance IoT security for these nodes.
• Three of the top protocols in gateway-server communication security: Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and its more secure version HTTPS, Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), and Constrained Application Protocol (COAP).
• Communication of security threats within wireless technologies and the multiple security options available to protect against third-party threats.
• Cloud level security including Secure Shell (SSH) systems, which encrypt all server traffic and prevent Man in the Middle attacks on cloud data.

The eBook also offers an inside look at the trends of IoT Security in 2021, including the new strategic adaptions and changes that organisations have made due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they will continue to affect the future of IoT Security moving forward, including:

• Security measures of privacy-aware machine learning (ML)
• Shifts to Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)
• Privacy accommodations within the Distributed Cloud
• Benefits of location-independent functions
• The evolving culture of zero trust cybersecurity
• Public key infrastructure’s (PKI) changing role in the cybersecurity industry
• Increased endpoint management solutions
• Development around Responsible Al

Newark, an Avnet Company and global distributor of electronic components, also recently hosted a webinar on the latest IoT trends based on information from its third annual global IoT survey. More than 2,000 respondents provided first-hand insights into the world of IoT, including the most popular technologies and applications for IoT design, the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into IoT designs, the future of the IoT industry, and much more.

One of the major survey findings was that despite industrial automation and control being deemed a key market for IoT, Industry 4.0 adoption remains slow, primarily due to concerns over security. In fact, the survey revealed that security continues to be the most important aspect for developers to consider when building their designs, and it is also their primary concern.

To watch the pre-recorded webinar, please visit here. To read the full IoT Security Trends eBook and see all of the insights, please visit element14.com.


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