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Internet of Things (IoT)
The term Internet of Things (IoT) relates to the growing network of physical devices, which connect via the internet to offer new functions and ways of using traditional objects (all while gathering data on users behaviour). IoT has transformative possibilities with devices increasingly communicating with each other without the need for human interaction. A simplistic example being smart thermostats using real time weather forecasts to adjust the heating in your home. The possibilities are endless: new products in development range from smart nappies which will alert when the nappy needs changed, consigning the traditional ‘sniff test’ to history, to pill-shaped micro-cameras that can pinpoint thousands of images within the body.
This rapidly emerging sector is changing traditional business models. The scale of growth has been phenomenal and it’s estimated that the global number of IoT devices reached 8.4 billion in 2017. Microsoft has estimated that the number of Internet-enabled devices is expected to increase 50 billion by 2020. Market growth is rapid with investment from global companies: Samsung has committed to making all its products IoT ready by 2020. Embedded, networked sensors and actuators are everywhere and long term we will see the rise of smart homes, cities and nations.
The IoT is transforming our world into a dynamic system of connected devices on an unprecedented scale. Yet the key question is whether security will keep pace with these rapid developments or whether we will see products being rushed to market and attackers taking advantage of security vulnerabilities? A fridge with an IP address and default password can offer a route into your whole network. Indeed, any device or sensor with an IP address becomes a route into your network. We have already seen high profile cases of baby monitors and smart TVs being hacked and on a larger scale there are serious concerns about threats to supply chains and even national security. There are parallel concerns about privacy as businesses rush to monetise large data sets they collect from these devices.
- 64% of organisations are already using IoT technology
- 20% of organisations plan to deploy some type of IoT technology in the next 12 months
What does this mean for our IT support customers in central Scotland?
Many of our customers across Glasgow and Edinburgh are already adopting smart technology to increase efficiency and productivity. With the new challenge of managing an IoT estate it is vital that businesses don not turn a blind eye to cyber-security weakness created by the introduction of new technology. We always recommend a layered approach to IT security and our IT security consultants inform our customers of the actions they need to take to keep their network safe.
We can provide a thorough IT security audit of your network including your IoT ecosystem. Contact us today for more information.
RedMosquito provides IT support across Glasgow, Edinburgh and throughout Scotland.