A broad and vast network of devices connected to the internet is the vision of the Internet of Things (IoT). In this vision, the IoT connects nearly every aspect of life—whether that’s cardiac rhythm monitoring in the home for greater health support, traffic management to alleviate congestion and air quality monitoring and decrease air pollution, sensors that track movement along the supply chain for efficiency, condition monitoring in agriculture for sustainability and optimization, predictive maintenance and enhanced productivity to make manufacturing sleeker and scalable or much more.
The completeness of this vision is what I believe will take place from now to 2030 in what I like to call the “Decade of IoT,” and it offers many exciting opportunities, but it also presents a risk if cybersecurity is not fully addressed.
The Attack Surface In IoT
The IoT ecosystem is composed of many different elements, from the IoT device itself, which is the endpoint, through gateways and routers, along communication protocols, across platforms and APIs and on to the cloud, with data moving in both directions.
Securing each layer in the IoT stack can be difficult because there is a lot of fragmentation across those different elements. And security is not a one-touch task but an ongoing measure that requires constant monitoring and over-the-air updates to apply any needed security patches.
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