IoT Device Applications Discovery

IoT Security uses machine learning to discover the applications that IoT devices on your network use.
Knowing which applications your network-connected IoT devices use and how many devices use them can prove useful, especially when defending against a potential threat. For example, if you know a widely used application was recently compromised, you can check which devices use it and respond in proportion to how critical the application is. If it’s non-essential for business, you can create policy recommendations for firewalls to block that application. If it is essential and there is a new version, you can assign operations the task to upgrade all devices that use it. And if it is essential and there isn’t a new version yet, segment all devices that use it and restrict access to them only to people and resources that are necessary for them to function. Having visibility into the applications on your network allows you to take swift action to safeguard your assets when danger threatens.
IoT Security displays all the applications that have been spotted in use on the Applications page.
The Applications page shows the total number of unique applications detected for devices matching the site, device-type, and time-range filters set at the top of the page. Although IoT Security displays devices and networks as soon as it discovers and identifies them, it collects data about detected applications over the course of a day and then compiles a list. It then displays that list on the Applications page until it compiles the next daily list of applications detected on the network. When you start using IoT Security, you might notice that it begins showing data on the Devices and Networks page before showing anything on the Applications page. This can happen because IoT Security hasn't generated a list of applications yet. After it does, it will continue doing that every day thereafter.
If you set the time-range filter for
1 Day
1 Week
, or
1 Month
, the Applications page shows numbers for the time range you set. However, because IoT Security organizes the applications it detects into daily lists, the time-range filter for
1 Hour
shows the same set of unique applications as
1 Day
, which is the smallest list of applications you can see. In addition, IoT Security doesn’t maintain application details for more than a month. Therefore, the time-range filter for
1 Year
shows the same set of unique applications as
1 Month
, which is the largest list of applications you can see.
Click a number in the Number of Devices column to open the Devices page with a filter applied to show only devices that use the corresponding application. Hovering your cursor over the blue text of an entry in the Profiles column displays a list of all profiles that use that application.

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