Phones, computers, laptops, televisions, door locks and even refrigerators can connect to the Internet. With so many devices talking to one another, there is a constant stream of information being shared. But, is there a price for all these devices being interconnected?
Price for Convenience
More and more devices are beginning to talk to one another – the Internet of Things (IoT) – but what is the price for this convenience? Devices are no longer just in your hand or at your office; they’re now on your body and in your home, constantly sharing information. But, this increase in connected data is causing privacy concerns.
Security in the Background
While some people are excited for the interconnectedness, others are concerned about privacy and security. Policy makers and others should stay focused on evolving the use of this complex technology, because it poses large ethical, moral, and technical challenges. There is already a tremendous amount of data storage and privacy information, and it will only increase once all our appliances begin collecting data. Cars, computers, cameras, and even tractors now run proprietary software and store data that can be hacked.
Adoption of IoT by Companies & Manufacturers
Big companies and manufacturers are pushing for the development of the Internet of Things without necessarily understanding all the risks. As users continue to demand newer and more connected technologies, companies are providing them with it. However, just because you can develop these “connected” technologies, doesn’t mean you necessarily should.
Research firm Gartner predicts IoT will generate “$300 billion in revenue by 2020, with estimates of how many connected devices ranging from 25 billion to more than 200 billion.”
Companies like Amazon Web Services, AT&T, GE, Google, IBM, and Microsoft want to make the Internet of Things available to all and even include them in everyday business activities.
The Internet of things is already impacting the daily lives of millions of Americans though the adoption of health and fitness monitors, home security devices, connected cars, and household appliances among others. But with every newly connected device comes another device that has to be managed, updated, secured, and monitored. Additionally, it adds another potential device that can store and transmit corporate or personal data.
Changing the Workforce
In the past, many employees would opt to bring their own devices to work and connect to the hosting network. With the Internet of Things, companies should (and some have) implemented more security measures to protect their business from hackers gaining access through personal devices connected to their network. As an owner, you need to determine what you are willing to give up or protect when it comes to your business’ privacy and security. Implementing policies and having proactive responses to potential breaches and attacks can assist in decreasing any information from being stolen or compromised.
Carson Inc. and Cyber Security
Our motto is finding what matters and controlling what counts. Don’t sacrifice your security for convenience. Carson Inc. has been helping its customers fight the battle against cyber threats for more than 22 years. Our team consists of Information Assurance (IA) experts with advanced degrees and technical certifications, including CISSP, CISA, LPT, GWASP, and ISO 27001. Our staff has in-depth knowledge of IT security statutory and regulatory guidance.