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Importance of IoT Live Patching: Protecting Your Connected Devices

Rohan Timalsina

December 27, 2023 - TuxCare expert team

  • The conventional patching method necessitates a reboot.
  • Live patching eliminates the need to reboot the system.
  • KernelCare IoT automates patching for Linux-based IoT devices.


With so many ecosystems woven with different devices, the need for strong cybersecurity measures has never been more critical. The development of connected devices, ranging from smart home appliances to industrial machinery, has introduced new challenges and vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can take advantage of. In this context, IoT live patching has become increasingly important as a means of safeguarding these interconnected ecosystems. 

This article will explore the role of live patching techniques, emphasizing their importance in safeguarding IoT ecosystems against cyber threats.


Understanding the IoT Landscape


The Internet of Things (IoT) landscape is diversified and large with a vast assortment of devices ranging in complexity. These devices are made to improve efficiency, convenience, and automation in our daily lives. However, the connectivity that defines the IoT also opens the door to potential security breaches. As more devices become interconnected, the attack surface for cyber threats grows, making it critical to address vulnerabilities promptly and effectively. 


IoT Security Challenges


One of the primary security challenges for IoT devices is the sheer quantity and variety of devices within each IoT ecosystem. Conventional patching techniques are often unacceptable for IoT devices that require high availability because of the temporary disruption caused during a system reboot or update. 

Additionally, traditional patching methods can necessitate on-site visits, which may be impractical for the IoT devices that are deployed in physically remote or difficult-to-access locations. This would entail maintenance costs and logistical challenges for manually patching each device.

Moreover, many IoT devices have limited computational resources, such as processing power, memory, and storage – especially those that are built for specific purposes or have hardware restrictions. Conventional patching methods that require a lot of resources may overload these devices and negatively affect their functionality.


IoT Security Solution: The Role of Live Patching


To counter these challenges, IoT live patching has emerged as a proactive approach to strengthen the security of connected devices. Live patching means applying updates or fixes to a system without having to reboot. In the context of IoT, live patching makes it possible to seamlessly apply security updates and patches to IoT devices without disrupting their functionality.

TuxCare’s KernelCare IoT offers a live patching solution for Linux-based Enterprise IoT environments. 

The key advantages of implementing KernelCare IoT live patching are:

Automated Vulnerability Management: KernelCare automates the deployment of security updates, minimizing the window of vulnerability. This is crucial in an environment where cyber threats evolve rapidly.

Reduced Downtime: Unlike conventional patching methods that require a system reboot, live patching reduces downtime by applying patches without interrupting device operation. This is particularly important for critical IoT applications where continuous functionality is paramount and cannot afford significant downtimes.

Cost Savings: Minimizing downtime and avoiding the associated costs of service interruptions can lead to substantial cost savings. Live patching allows organizations to apply updates and patches without scheduling maintenance windows or affecting productivity.

Quick Responses to Critical Issues: KernelCare enables IT teams to respond rapidly to critical issues or vulnerabilities. Updates can be applied immediately, reducing the time between the discovery of a problem and its resolution. This is essential for addressing vulnerabilities promptly and reducing the window of exposure to potential security threats.


Final Thoughts


As the IoT landscape continues to expand, the importance of robust security measures cannot be overstated. IoT live patching stands at the forefront of these efforts, offering an innovative and effective approach to mitigating vulnerabilities.

Live patching a proactive approach rather than a merely reactive one that guarantees our interconnected devices are safeguarded against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. Adopting and implementing live patching technology is crucial in establishing a robust and secure foundation for the connected future. 

Speak to a TuxCare security expert to get started with KernelCare IoT and start protecting your IoT environments today.

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