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What is IoT?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast, connected network of homogeneous components called “Things”. These Things are basically embedded devices, each of a different nature. Driving the collection of data across the devices are a vast variety of sensors. With this broad definition, we understand that the IoT has three main parts; Smart devices and sensors, the Network that connects them and the systems that process data to/from the Things.
IoT enables new methods of communication between people and things, and also between things themselves. The IoT enables deeper interactions between the digital world and the physical world we live in. The attributes of IoT essentially render our living and working spaces into one big information system functioning with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life and empowering new business models.
20 billion connected devices by 2020
The Internet of Things has rapidly developed in the past few years, and it is only expected to grow bigger and wider. Gartner estimates 20 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020.
On the other hand, the growth of the IoT also implies an increase of sensitive personal and business data on the cloud. Organizations will be transmitting more of their data across thousands of devices that may have exploitable vulnerabilities, one of which may be sufficient for a hacker to gain illegal access to the sensitive data.
How secure is IoT?
IoT already poses very serious security concerns which has drawn the attention of organizations and government agencies worldwide. Recent hacking incidents, like Unsecured University IoT, The Mirai Botnet and Hacking a Jeep and more demonstrate the security risks that are associated with IoT. More IoT nodes are added to internet every day. As a result, malicious hackers have increased attack vectors and opportunities to attack, it is only made easier by the fact that many devices are easily exploited due to poor security controls in place. The level of IoT integration into people’s daily lives also directly correlates with increased security risks. The threats may not be limited to the security of their sensitive data, but their personal wellbeing could also be targeted by IoT hack attacks.
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Article written by Muna Abu Abed, Ingram Micro Cyber Security Solutions Architect.