Can Connections Make Us More Vulnerable?
The world of IoT is a world of connections. Every object, every process, every “thing” becomes a live data stream, that is only fully actualized when connected to other “things” that inform and analyze that data. If your coffee maker talks to your wearable tech and learns you had a disruptive sleep pattern, it can brew you an extra strong cup of joe that morning. If your car can realize it is drifting in and out of lanes and communicate with a nearby hotel, it can have a room booked for you to get some sleep before hitting the road again.
These connections are valuable. They give insight, they breed efficiency, they create an informed ecosystem. However, these connections also serve as gateways, or access points into internet infrastructures.
The critical question around IoT becomes this: how can we benefit from a fully connected world without compromising our security?
The answer to this question largely rests on how we implement IoT. Though it produces the gateways that may compromise security, it can also be the solution to its own problems. Scanner software, IoT monitoring systems and other technology can be deployed as counter attacks to hackers. Additionally, IoT solutions can address existing security issues surrounding material belongings, individuals, and property.
Having connections to everything at every time can increase awareness of suspicious activity, enable proactive solutions, and decrease critical response time in the event of an incident. If you can ensure your car is locked from anywhere at any time, check who is knocking on your front door from your office cubicle, track newborn’s in a hospital or deny access to your home internet remotely, you can actively curate a safe space within a connected world.
Ensuring the security of your IoT platform is vital to its success and your ROI. Contact the ClearObject team today to start building your custom, secure IoT solution today on any major platform provider.
Clare Maher is the Product Marketing Manager at ClearObject. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College (#gobelles), Clare can usually be found yelling at the screen during a Notre Dame game, quoting any film ever made or touring the Indy restaurant scene.