The Frightening Realm of ‘The Internet of Things’
The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone…. The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone. Whilst developing the Internet of Things (IoT) blog over Halloween weekend, the skeleton song “Dem Bones” which seems to have come to mind.
Soon our toasters, fridges and washing machines will be connected to ourselves and each other. Our cars, watches and heating are already ahead of the curve. Devices connecting to devices and hopefully under our control.
IoT, Machine to machine, “Skynet”… whatever you want to call it, it’s coming within the next 5 to 10 years for billions of connected “things”. According to Gartner there will already be 4.9 Billion connected “things” in use by the end of this year, with the projected number to be closer to 26 billion by 2020.
For us IT folks that means new challenges, new ways of thinking and new opportunity for nefarious activity. Security and privacy will be at the forefront of most minds (think back to the lightbulbs leaking our WIFI passwords), but what about the network? And the data being collected?
Big data will be a must in the new IoT world, harnessing the power of the cloud to analyse all the data coming from these connected ‘things’, the network will have to be highly available with IPv6 as a necessity and what about 5G? All of these together will be huge factors that will allow and enable IoT to be a success.
Looking forwards, here are a few questions that you should be asking yourself:
- Will I see ‘standards’ being introduced to govern connectivity and information exchange?
- How will I manage and authenticate these ‘things’ that are connecting to my network?
- How will I integrate and secure the mass of connected devices?
- How will I protect the data and privacy of information on these ‘things’?
These are all good questions that need to be considered by yourself and your technology providers as many will be asking themselves the same questions whilst developing solutions for the IoT world.
Mobliciti will be keeping an eye on IoT and look forward to seeing our EMM, Security and Network technology providers innovate and build exciting solutions to deal with the future of connected ‘things’.