ForeScout’s Niels Jensen: Agencies Should Close Visibility Gap to Ensure Internet of Things Security

Niels Jensen

Niels Jensen, senior vice president of Americas sales at ForeScout Technologies (Nasdaq: FSCT), has said federal agencies should have visibility of their internet-of-things-based devices in order to protect their network infrastructure from cyber threats.

He wrote that information technology administrators at agencies should deploy tools designed to detect and implement policy-based controls on IoT devices.

“With a consolidated view across the network, agencies can automatically detect legacy systems as well as new IoT devices, classify everything according to function and criticality, and assess the security posture of the devices,” Jensen added.

He noted the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program and the Defense Department’s Comply to Connect framework consider asset visibility as a fundamental step.

Having visibility of internet-connected devices could help managers delegate higher-order tasks to professionals involved in asset inventory and comply with government mandates such as the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act and the Federal Information Security Management Act, he wrote.

Jensen advised agencies to integrate IoT device security into their risk mitigation strategies and those of their contractors.

“DoD and civilian agencies must remain committed to ‘cyber basics’ while pursuing newer technologies, such as agentless asset discovery, to adapt to fast-changing IT landscapes,” he added.

Check Also

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Books Potential $88M F-35 Logistics Network Modernization IDIQ

The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a potential two-year, $87.5M contract to help transition a worldwide logistics information system for F-35 aircraft into a cloud-based integrated network.

BAE Systems

Report: BAE to Build $139M Defense Aerospace Facility in Iowa

BAE Systems plans to develop a $139M classified facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and create 650 jobs in the city, The Gazette reported Friday. Construction work on the proposed 200K-square-foot defense aerospace facility is expected to kick off by October and conclude by September 2022. Ryan Companies US will serve as the project’s developer.