The Future of Connected Devices

  • Published: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020

This week’s focus for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM): The Future of Connected Devices.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is made of devices that connect to the Internet and to each other, allowing for the exchange of data and levels of control over multiple devices. Advances of IoT have exploded in such a way that it seems unfathomable to think of our world without it. The convenience and affordability of connected devices, along with their ease of use, make IoT an integral part of our lives.

What does the future hold for IoT? IoT analytics suggest that the market will increase from 4.7 billion things connected to the Internet in 2016 to well above 11 billion in 2021. What more can IoT do?

Expect to see IoT expand more from the consumer to the corporate. We will see more smart cities and homes that will include more automated services. Traffic management, thermal imaging, cameras, alert systems and more! Machine learning and artificial intelligence will be a key factor in the automation process.

We are already seeing some artificial intelligence based on our preferences and habits. Your television may suggest certain movies based on the types of movies you have viewed in the past. Your coffeemaker might begin a brew cycle at a particular time every morning, without needing to be programmed to do so. Your appliances might negotiate with other connected appliances to prioritize hot water usage or detect maintenance needs.

How about the autonomous cars? Hungry for a pizza but too cold or rainy to warrant leaving your comfy home? Send the car!

And, of course, to keep all of these devices working, we will need to make full use of 5G technology (fifth-generation wireless) for speed and connectivity.

Concerns of privacy and security will continue to be addressed, both by manufacturers and legislation. It will still be necessary for the consumer to understand and secure devices within their homes. Maintaining software and firmware updates are important aspects of security. Follow basic security practices such as changing default configurations and using strong passwords.

We can expect with the interconnectivity of all of these devices that the rise in cyber crime will also escalate. Cybercriminals will exploit vulnerabilities to create botnets in order to facilitate denial of service (DoS) attacks, hack websites and steal data. The weaponization of IoT devices could cause severe disruptions in power, water and medical industries.

The human-to-machine partnership is quickly evolving. We are relying on new technologies to enrich our lives. Due to all of this growth, we desperately need people to be the driving force behind the technology to develop, legislate and secure IoT.


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