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As IoT Impacts the Enterprise, Security Evolves

The impact the Internet of Things (IoT) has had on the modern enterprise is substantial. Already, contemporary businesses are distributed by nature, with decentralized networks that support a range of remote staff and branch offices. But now with IoT, a range of new connected technologies are replacing legacy devices and systems en masse, from VoIP telephones to Nest thermostats.

As a result, a wealth of automation technologies are now embedded into the infrastructure of the enterprise. Because most IoT devices are designed to support automation via low-frequency beacon-sensor communications, it’s often impossible to install software onto them. This makes endpoint security a non-starter for a lot of IoT tech, placing the burden of defense on network administrators.

The web gateway therefore plays a critical role in securing the modern enterprise by representing the first and last line of defense. Regardless of the data coming in from the Internet – whether from a VOIP phone, a wireless printer or a thermostat – it’s the job of the web gateway to take a deep dive into the nature of those files to determine whether they present a threat.

The iboss Distributed Gateway Platform is equipped with the advanced threat detection capabilities necessary to block malware or bad actors on the way in, but also employs the data loss prevention techniques needed to stop data theft in progress. This is part of the defense-in-depth strategy that sets iboss apart, assuring enterprises are safely adopting the latest technologies without compromising the safety of their users.


Paul Martini is the CEO, co-founder and chief architect of iboss, where he pioneered the award-winning iboss Distributed Gateway Platform. Prior to founding iboss, Paul developed a wide-variety of complex security and technology solutions for clients such as Phogenix, the U.S. Navy, and Hewlett Packard. He was also a key contributor at Copper Mountain Networks working on designing and implementing FPGAs and broadband network infrastructure used by Telcos to build the cloud. His work at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) involved building distributed real-time systems for companies such as Rolls Royce. Copper Mountain and SAIC both launched successful IPOs. Paul has been recognized for his leadership and innovation, receiving the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award and being named one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He holds a Computer Science Degree from the University of California, and has had his work published in many scientific journals, including the Journal of Foundations in Computer Science and the Journal of Analytical Biochemistry.