Andrew S.Thomas, CEOOver the past decades the Internet has evolved from geek email and information¬al websites to e-commerce and social media. It is now also becoming a tool for connecting physical objects and systems with no human involve¬ment, referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). This new application space provides interconnectivity among what once were localized or stand-alone systems. Users can now monitor, supervise, and analyze data from a wide range of sensors, instruments, control systems, and embed¬ded devices in homes, offices, industrial settings, and remote locations. The need to manage these systems is a fast-growing market, motivating enterprises large and small to focus on its evident possibilities. However, many are holding back due to concerns about performance and seurity.
The current IoT world is operating on old-world assumptions. Devices and systems that were not designed for the wide-open spaces of the Internet are fully exposed to the threats of hackers and malicious intruders. Traditional approaches to security, such as VPN, were designed for use by responsible human users in small-scale systems, not for thousands of unmanned devices spread across the globe. Managers and engineers in charge of mission-critical systems are aware of these problems, and are understandably reluctant to expose their valuable systems to risk of attack.
Securing and Empowering the IoT
Among the leading-edge firms exploring the IoT space, the Mississauga, ON based Skyynet introduces a key difference, a unique approach to the critical need for security in the IoT. With a solid background in industrial control systems, Skkynet’s approach is not only secure, but it provides the robust connectivity and high-speed data throughput essential for any serious IoT application. In the words of Andrew Thomas, CEO, “Contrary to other platforms, we focus on the real-time work space, which is working with data streams. Our services are marked by security, scalability and speed, as we are able to stream thousands of data changes per second to and from the cloud, without our customers exposing any attack surface to the Internet.”
Our services are marked by security, scalability and speed, as we are able to stream thousands of data changes per second to and from the cloud, without our customers exposing any attack surface to the Internet
Skkynet’s primary differentiator is its technology, which avoids the traditional database approach. Instead of time-consuming storage and recall procedures, the data is immediately streamed from source to user, in real time. And instead of exposing data sources to user requests, the system provides complete security by implementing outbound connections only. All data sources and data users request a secure connection to the system, and once established, the data flows both ways. No firewall ports need be opened, no inbound requests are ever sent to devices or users.
Poised for Expansion
In short, Skkynet offers a protected platform for the Internet of Things to collect, integrate, display, and redistribute real-time data for industrial, embedded, and financial systems. A large portion of Skkynet’s activities are oriented towards the industrial IoT space. As it offers a comprehensive approach, the firm targets promising sectors including the renewable energy sector and remote monitoring, among others.