The internet of things (IoT) is everywhere. It’s in our homes, cars, offices and most commonly around our wrists. It’s changing the way factories are run, how health care is delivered and how cities operate. With an estimated 5.5 million new “things” connected each day, and an expected 6.4 billion in circulation by the end of 2016, according to Gartner research, the IoT will increasingly become part of our lives. But with the IoT’s proliferation comes great responsibility. You cannot take the security of the rapidly expanding IoT ecosystem for granted. Even the smallest, most minimally connected device must have the appropriate safeguards built in throughout its lifecycle. It’s time to focus on IoT security at the point of design to securely manage devices from inception through implementation. “The potential of IoT devices and sensors is enormous,” says Mike Eftimakis, IoT Product Manager at ARM. “However, if we fail to ensure the security of each device, it’s very likely that the exploitation of unguarded vulnerabilities will stop progress, preventing us from ever fully realizing that vast potential.” Here are Eftimakis’s tips for implementing IoT security within products.