The IoT Makes Life and Work Easier; What That Means for Cybersecurity – Security Boulevard
The Internet of Things (IoT) is playing an increasingly important role in our business and personal lives. It has evolved to include devices we never dreamed of just a few years ago. Smart refrigerators, TVs, surveillance cameras, cars, watches: the list of connected devices continues to grow exponentially. According to Statista, the number of IoT connected devices worldwide is estimated to reach 30.9 billion units by 2025. While connected devices can make our lives easier at home and in the workplace, they can also expand the attack surface for cybercriminals.
What is IoT?
The Internet, as we’ve come to know it, connects hundreds of millions of computers, smartphones, and tablets around the world, for the benefit of its many users. The next iteration of the Internet, the Internet of Things, is different. Instead of a global network that can connect every person in the world together, the IoT connects every person and everything ‘thing’ in the world together.
Instead of a global network for the benefit of people, the IoT is a network for the benefit of things.
Defining the Internet of Things
The IoT doesn’t just connect computers and smartphones and tablets but also a variety of purpose-built autonomous devices. That includes sensors, controllers, switches, lightbulbs, doorbells, and the like. It’s connecting devices together so that those devices can communicate with one another and with various software applications and controllers.
These connected devices are designed to operate autonomously. IoT devices typically require little or no human interaction, via the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technologies. This enables more, more automatic, and more intelligent services, without the need for human intervention.
How the IoT Works
Most IoT devices contain sensors that monitor their surroundings and collect data. They typically connect to each other and to other networks via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or other wireless protocols. Many of these wireless devices are small and battery-powered.
The data collected by IoT devices are fed to specific software or services that then process, analyze, and act on that data. This software can reside on another device, on a separate controller, in a corporate data center, or in the cloud. These applications typically work in an automated or semi-automated fashion, although they can be controlled by real-live human beings.
IoT: Valuable in Daily and Work Life
At its most basic, the IoT automates many previously manual activities. It relieves human beings of the tedium of repetitive tasks and offloads simple decision making. It’s designed to make life easier for consumers and businesses alike.
Common IoT devices for business.
The IoT offers numerous benefits to consumers through its many practical uses, many of which are realized today. Practically every “smart home” device is enabled by the IoT, as are many smart devices and applications.
The IoT also benefits businesses with improved efficiency in offices, factories, and retail stores. It’s all about automating repetitive and predictable processes to improve efficiency and collecting more and more detailed data to make faster and more accurate business decisions.
The Internet of Things promises improved efficiency in offices, factories, and retail stores.
Some of the chief business uses of the Internet of Things include:
- Smart lighting and HVAC systems
- Smart building security
- Smart inventory and supply chain …….