AWS and a Secure IoT

Your AWS account allows another exciting feature you may be already familiar with in your daily life: utilizing the internet of things and its interaction with the cloud. IoT with AWS can support billions of devices and trillions of messages which are securely routed between any given AWS endpoint.

The Amazon Web Services IoT Platform includes features already common to base AWS such as Amazon Kinesis, Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon CloudWatch, and AWS CloudTrail. Employing IoT technology decentralizes administration and allows you to use any Internet-enabled device around the world to access these features. A newer feature being introduced involves integrating AI—creating a framework for automated models to complete tasks more quickly and efficiently.

AWS IoT Security implements modern and secure measures such as two-factor authentication and end-to-end encryption to prevent malicious users from accessing your sensitive info. Granularity is also key. Group policy can hunker down devices to the strictest set of rules so you can specifically manage how your users interact with your data and the AWS client interface. Examples of basic parameters might include mandatory 30-day password changes, file permissions, and even scheduled system lockdowns coupled with more advanced features.

Today, the different manifestations of AWS IoT devices are limited only by your imagination. We have smart fridges, smart watches, Internet-enabled lighting, and home security systems, with more clever and functional innovations popping up every day. Leaders like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, along with a massive slew of startups compete in this space to bring you the very best in smart products without sacrificing form over function.

How do you use AWS IoT? Amazon makes it pretty simple. You sign into the IoT web console, register and configure your devices, test parameters you create for the devices, and then create and track IoT relevant jobs. There is a plethora of articles you can find on the AWS website that gives you detailed tutorials and walkthroughs on their products and services. What’s more, Amazon offers tiers of membership depending on your skill level with their products as well as your business needs. Just looking to explore and play around a bit? Start with a free limited trial. Need to support thousands of devices and a multitude of tools from the get-go? Sign up for the enterprise level package.

AWS IoT security best practices include creating your unique business identity on their platform, protecting that identity with authentication and authorization measures, employing public and private key mechanisms, and using security certificates as an additional step. Each instance a user interacts with the AWS console, one or all of these measures could be engaged. Your employee authenticates their identity with either the company ID or their unique sign-in credentials. They then may only be authorized to do certain tasks once they gain entry into the system. Certificates ensure AWS that you are in fact who you say you are. Certificates are like a signature that are only owned by the proper person.

You can trust Trianz will take the ins and outs of AWS IoT and put them to their greatest use for your business. If you don’t already employ mobile or smart technology in your workplace, Trianz consultants will help with the transition to provide your company with more flexibility. Remember, AWS IoT means options, and a greater increase in data gathering. With this new assortment of devices at your disposal, you will collect Big Data you may have not even known was out there. You can trust us to shine the light on those elements for you, propelling you forward into more informed and prosperous ventures.

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