Securing IOT and VR devices in Cloud

Byron Aris, Vice President, Cloud Security Advisor at SunTrust

Byron Aris, Vice President, Cloud Security Advisor at SunTrust


Cloud computing is the on-demand accessibility of IT resources across the internet. These resources include data storage, servers, databases, etc. Instead of buying or owning, you can access the technology services from any cloud provider.

Over time cloud has evolved into more than just a storage or database provider. Organizations from around the world are utilizing the relationship between IoT and Cloud computing to benefit from this innovation. Also, cloud VR (virtual reality) has become the next step for the executive use of virtual reality.

Internet of things (IoT) and Cloud Computing

The Internet of things (IoT) has become one of the important technologies over the past few years. There are more than 44 billion connected IoT devices today and the number is still going up. Experts expect this number to go up by almost 70 billion by 2025. Statista has also estimated that there will be 75 billion connected devices by 2025.

IoT in the cloud has so many benefits in the health and automotive industry. IoT-enabled devices are used in the health sector for constant monitoring thus reducing the need for continual checkups. Some of the use cases of IoT in the automotive industry include automotive maintenance systems, self-driving systems, vehicle security, etc.

Not only this, IoT has several applications in the finance sector. IoT-connected devices that direct information to the cloud enables banks to monitor and track the activity on a client’s account. IoT in cloud computing is making revolutions in these sectors.

Virtual reality in cloud computing

Virtual reality is defined as creating a simulated experience by using computer technology. It can be used in the entertainment sector, education, business, etc. With the evolvement of Cloud VR (virtual reality), virtual reality is making a revolution in cloud computing. 

Cloud VR is a new cloud computing technology for VR services. VR cloud is the collaboration between virtual reality and cloud framework. The main goal of cloud VR is to reduce the cost of mesmerizing experience by eliminating the need for local high-end hardware.

Business opportunities provided by Virtual Reality Cloud

• With Cloud VR, you can easily share the design of a future product or facility with co-workers in any other location while sharing the same virtual world.

• You can review the integration of a supplied module in the whole product.

Two of the hottest technologies today are VR and cloud computing when combined togethercan-do wonders.

How do we secure such intelligenttechnologies

With the new gold rush to develop new IOT and VR devices tolead the market in sales and address consumer demands.Technology companies are face with the dilemma of building productshastilywith nominal security control to meet market demand.

Here are some measures device manufactures can take to respond to the challenges of securing IOT and VR devices.

1. Consider Security First

It may seem odd in the sequence of the development lifecycle. However, product developer shouldintegrate security in IOT, VR product at the earliest stages and not as an afterthought or in a patch release. There should be a high standard of the level of security controls integrated in the products.

2. How you secure one thing, is how you secure everything

Organization that develops IOT and VR products should a have a well mature internal security posture which should be protracted in the development of their products.

3.Increase securitycontrols on devices

To prevent devices from being compromised, manufacturersshould increase security in devices using various security strategies like MFA in the authentication process, encrypt data in transit to prevent the interception of data.

Device manufacturer should also exploreropportunities to help consumer to secure the devices in an easy and user-friendly manner and notify them of what type of data is share and how to disable what data is shared.


Virtual reality (VR) and the Internet of Things (IoT) have potential applications for anything and almost everything you can think of. These technologies offer a refreshing way in cloud computing how things can be done differently.

Manufacture should exercise better responsibility in securing the devices before moving to production as the demand for IOT and VR increases.

When it comes to cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are also two of the most eminent technologies today. It is also expected that the use of AI and ML in cloud computing will increase by 2022.

Moreover, Cloud automation services are also making their way ahead in this race. The cloud automation market is expected to grow by $103.9 billion motivated by the global growth of 24.7%.

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