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How Real are the IoT Security Concerns?

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Kevin Ashton's famous 1999 presentation to Proctor & Gamble made the internet of things seem like both an untapped gold mine for forward thinking industries, and the next logical step in the evolution of computer technology. Correctly assessing that the Internet was «almost wholly dependent on human beings for information,» Ashton went on to envision a world in which many devices and everyday objects would capture and share data all by themselves — making it easier to track commodities, reduce losses and lower costs. Today, that world is in many ways a reality, but many people in the industry think there might be a dark side.

Today, there is such a proliferation of network-censored items worldwide, they are taken for granted by the vast majority of people who use them. A study by Verizon and ABI Research recently put the number of devices connected to the Internet at 1.2 billion but predicted that by 2020 that number would rise to almost 5.4 billion.

In short, the IoT seems poised to obliterate the line between information technology and operational technology altogether. Already a vast amount of machine-generated data is being collected and analyzed by other systems around the world, with the stated goal of opening new avenues for improvement. Python developers are having a field day since this is one of the most vital and useful languages for data science and machine learning. However, the sheer amount of information being gathered has sparked concern among critics, many of whom are unsure of its exact nature-and the potential applications for its misuse. As a result, there has been a lot of heated coverage of the IoT in recent years, making it difficult to determine the real problems it faces. According to ISACA, most concerns about the IoT are based on security, with data privacy the runner-up.

The potential for IoT misuse is quite easy to imagine: as you can see in this b2b explainer video hacking into an ex's smart-toaster to ruin their breakfast, for example. The challenge is to separate the speculative concerns from the real and more serious ones. Just look at the February 2017 involving the Vizio Scandal, Whose an affordable travel smart TVs Were Spying on Their owners and Transmitting the data back to the Company About enterprise | SO IT Could the BE sold A to Advertisers. A more recent and dramatic episode occurred in Dallas on April 7, 2017, when hackers turned on all the city's emergency sirens at once, causing many residents to think they were under attack.

Автор: markblake


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