IoT and Cyber Security
The world of technology has experienced a massive growth over the last couple of years, and anyone with access to the internet has probably heard about terms like IoT being thrown around technical web pages or blogs. So, what is internet of things (IoT)? It is simply a system of interconnected computing devices, digital and mechanical machines, people, animals, or objects that use unique identifiers to share data over the internet without a need for human-to-computer or human-to-human interaction. IoT use cases are countless, it can include shopping, home security, smart homes, travel, business, healthcare, and manufacturing among many other applications.
As much as IoT provides benefits and makes life so much easier, there are genuine concerns that cannot be ignored, for instance, the potential threat to privacy. While transparency can be a good thing, some people can use IoT to mine data and use it to conduct cyber attacks. IoT devices collect and process data that is used by both the user and the company that makes the device. If it’s easy to access this information, some unscrupulous people can use it to plan attacks.
What Does the Future Hold?
More and more people are embracing IoT devices. According to an infographic from Cisco, it is projected that by the year 2020, there will be more than 50 billion IoT devices in the world. As the number of IoT devices increases in homes and workplaces, the potential threat to cyber attacks is imminent. However, the good news is that the cybersecurity threats are still manageable and the technology aspect of it is improving by the day. Some of these devices already send an alert whenever there is a network breach and gives owners time to isolate the network before a costly damage is done.
Creating a secure environment for users in the IoT landscape is difficult, but steps are being made to provide the best security standards in the future. There are projects that address the top security problems with IoT and educating users on how to mitigate them. However, it is important to note that with any progress in technology, hackers are also quick to find loopholes and take advantage of them.