Monthly Archives: September 2015

Look harder, Simba! Look beyond the surface of IoT

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Tip of the Iceberg --- Image by © Ralph A. Clevenger/CORBIS

 

Smart appliances. Check. Smart cars. Check. Smart homes. Check. Smart cities. Rewind. Smart factories. Stop!
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been in the news for its hype value. Your alarm clock communicating with your coffee machine to have hot coffee ready for you when you step into the kitchen. Your refrigerator communicating your grocery needs to the local grocer. Your mobile-controlled thermostat, your fitness trackers, drone cameras…yes, even Uber cabs!

All great stuff. But let’s look a little deeper. IoT is much, much more. It’s critical to business! And that is where it is going to be a true game changer. As GE CEO Jeff Immelt cautioned participants at the recent Minds + Machines summit, “If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up this morning as a software and analytics company.”

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Securing the Internet of Things

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IoT Security

Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is gearing up to dramatically alter various industrial sectors of the economy including Manufacturing, Healthcare, Energy, Transportation amongst others, which together account for nearly two-thirds of the global GDP. While this latest technology wave promises to bring unprecedented opportunities to business and society, it also opens up the doors for various vulnerabilities and security threats, which if compromised can lead to damaging consequences. We have already heard news of baby monitors, medical gadgets, smart lights and even autonomous cars being either hacked or proven vulnerable.

According to Gartner, about 26 Billion devices will be connected by 2020. This is a phenomenal jump from about 4.9 Billion connected devices today in 2015. Along with the exciting possibilities this five-fold growth brings, this also gives hackers 26 Billion targets to infiltrate the network. As more and more devices are connected, the network is becoming increasingly fragile. Unfortunately, the speed with which innovation is happening means that security is often being added as an afterthought rather than being built-in from the start, leaving vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit. This is no small problem. A key part of the IoT is not only inventing the sensors and connecting the systems but also securing the plethora of data that passes back and forth.

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