There’s lots of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) concerning security and the Internet of Things. But for enterprises, IoT risk is no joke – and may have already arrived.
The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is everywhere in the news these days. The buzzword-to-beat-all-buzzwords, “IoT” encompasses everything from Internet-connected egg trays and driverless cars to smart manufacturing and smart infrastructure. Under the covers, the constituent elements of IoT – things like remote sensing, mobile technology, cloud computing, SaaS and ‘big data’ – are hardly new. Still, the confluence of all these technologies is new, and it’s fueling a lot of innovation. It’s no exaggeration to say that we stand on the cusp of a rapid expansion of connected “stuff” in our daily lives, as smart home products hit the market and smart city projects allow strapped federal, state and local governments to realize huge savings.