Security of IoT: 5 indisputable facts

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to become more embedded in our everyday lives, adding value to business and augmenting society for human and environmental gain. As we become more dependent on IoT it is important we prioritize cyber security to protect our investments and competitive advantages for businesses and for individuals across the globe.

Sensors and Internet of Things devices are making data collection inevitable and limitless. From emails and pictures through to factories, buildings, cars and turbines, it is predicted that by 2020 over 50 billion connected devices will be in use globally, creating 44 trillion gigabytes of data every year. Cognitive systems will improve our ability to use the information collected from the vast volumes of data to help us make informed decisions. It’s changing the way we live and work for the better. However, if data is left to assimilate it can eventually cause more harm than good.

The average person may not necessarily be aware of the risks that come with IoT devices, meaning they don’t always take the best precautions, allowing hackers and cyber criminals to take advantage, making more security breaches inevitable. It is therefore the responsibility of all stakeholders involved in the IoT ecosystem, from silicon designers, device manufacturers, vendors, solution providers and end users to all take a stance on security for IoT.

As data becomes more accessible, helping us to make crucial decisions, there are five facts on cyber security we need to be aware of to prevent cyber-attacks, loss of data and plethora of other issues.

Infographic: IoT security, image copyright: https://www-01.ibm.com

Infographic: IoT security, image copyright: https://www-01.ibm.com

 Learn more about IoT security

  • To learn more about how IBM can help your organization improve its security environment and take advantage of IoT technology, visit our website.
  • To read further about how to protect and clean out your data for better security, head to this blog.
  • Download the infographic here.

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