Internet of Things (IoT)

What is the Internet of Things?

At the most basic level, it is connecting machines to other machines via the Internet. The number and types of devices that can be connected is limitless.  This includes baby monitors, lighting, refrigerators, wearable devices, security systems, thermostats and the list goes on.  It also includes components of machines, cars, and aircraft to name a few.

Why do we care?

Security and privacy!  The more devices that are connected the more security risks that occur.  Now you no longer have to think just about keeping your computer secure but also all other devices that are connected.  Consider what it takes to keep a computer secure and now multiply that exponentially.  That it a lot to think about.  Consider these questions:

  • How will you keep the data secure and ensure it remains private?
  • How will keep the devices patches?
  • How will you keep hackers out?

The more devices that connect, the more information that is out there about us, our family, our homes, and our businesses.

Be aware what you have connected to the Internet and take the appropriate steps to secure it!