Product Managers play a significant role in securing the Internet of Things. Unfortunately, this part of our job is not getting the right level of attention. Securing the Internet of Things is too often considered an after-thought or the responsibility of some other team. We need to change this trend if we expect people to start trusting our products.
I gave this talk as part of Product School’s ProductCon 2018 conference in Silicon Valley. My goal was to complement the conference’s agenda with a topic that is often overlooked: securing our products.
To learn about product security, professionals usually have to attend security-focused events. This segmentation of responsibilities is having a significant impact on the overall health of our IoT products.
Securing the Internet of Things is more than a Technology challenge. It is a Product Management challenge.
Covered in this talk:
- Why security is the biggest challenge facing IoT products today
- The devastating consequences of lacking IoT security, beyond loss of data or identity theft: a compromised product can harm human life
- Real-world examples of how compromised IoT devices are causing havoc in critical industries such as transportation, energy, agriculture, and water
- Why securing the Internet of Things is much harder than securing non-connected products
- An updated version of Martin Eriksson’s Venn diagram with Product Managers at the center of UX, Technology, Business, and Security—showing how security is an essential responsibility of Product Management
- Three ways for Product Managers to start embracing security as a key part of their role
Watch the talk (18 minutes):
Securing the Internet of Things needs to be at the forefront of our priorities as Product Managers. As attacks continue to increase, we can’t just shrug our shoulders and believe this is someone else’s responsibility. We are responsible for the whole product, and security is a part of that.
As attacks continue to proliferate, we can’t just shrug our shoulders and believe this is someone else’s responsibility.
- IoT Courses including the PM’s Role in Securing Your Product
- How to Protect Your IoT Product from Hackers
- [Podcast] How to Plan for IoT Security
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