IoT could be our downfall – Network World

December 20, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

The internet of things (IoT) is all about connecting devices to the internet so that they can talk to each other and to us, to make life more convenient. That might mean turning on the lights when we get up, or allowing us to use our phones to see who’s at the front door, even when we’re at the office. The potential applications are endless.

There are already more than 6 billion connected “things,” and that’s set to rise to more than 20 billion by 2020, according to Gartner.

But the enthusiasm for all things IoT has blinded us to the potential risks. Too many companies, keen to gain a foothold in the market, have rushed out products that lack basic security protocols. The risks here are enormous.

Hacking the IoT

Every device that’s connected to the internet is another potential point of entry for a hacker. As we bring more and more of these devices into our homes and businesses, we need to be sure that they’re secure. There have been several reports of mysterious strangers hacking into baby monitors to talk to children or even watch them. The New York Department of Consumer Affairs issued a warning about it.