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The Internet of Things and Security

Oftentimes, with the good comes some bad. A snowstorm means great skiing, but also dangerous driving. A free dessert tastes great, but not if it means you now owe the chef a favor. When new technologies are introduced, there is a period where the good comes with the bad, as kinks are ironed out and adopters are catching on.

Is There Really an Increased Security Risk with IoT?

With the Internet of Things, one of the challenges associated with all of the great new connections is security and how to address it in a more accessible environment. This is the second piece in a three-part series about The Internet of Things and how it connects to almost everything. We continue here by looking at the bond between the Internet of Things (IOT) and security. 

According to the investment site, Malwarebytes Labs predicts the first major attack on Internet of Things devices will happen this year. "Both mainstream media and the general public will hear about the first major hacker attack against an Internet connected device (that was previously not connected).” 

Forbes agrees that IoT brings new threats, saying, “If you thought bugs, viruses and phishing schemes were tough on security, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Your business will soon be faced with a new, even more formidable foe: The Internet of Things.” IoT is meant to bring people closer together, and with that our data is closer to threats.

Greater Connections Bring Greater Risks

As more and more devices are optimized for greater connections, security technologies will struggle to keep up. Today, we have BYOD policies, firewalls, company-provided devices, and antispyware to address security for mobility. Tomorrow, we are faced with the task of securing data stored on cars, in home systems, and even in clothing. With even more connections per person, what kinds of security can there really be?

Harvard Business Review asserts, “Expect the impact on your business to be profound. In particular, expect it to challenge your conception of cyber security and your ability to deliver it in IoT-enabled digital networks, your commercial operations, and your partner ecosystems.” With real-time data being shared more widely than ever before, security tools need to evolve and keep up. 


New Problems Requires a New Approach

With so much current and upcoming shared data, new approaches to cyber security are needed to address both access points and deployment. The amount of moving pieces from multiple devices to different networks means users need a guarantee that there will be no breaches. eWeek notes that historically, there has been some complacency around security. Now, however, when people’s most personal information is more public than ever, a shift will happen.

Regardless of reluctances in the past, eWeek’s 2014 Security of Things Forum came to a consensus that steps needed to be taken now. Waiting until the number of devices overwhelms the industry won’t work. Securing new systems that become connected over the Internet is a priority.


To safely make the most of the Internet of Things, you need to keep up with security. IBM encourages people to act strategically to accelerate your Internet of Things. Using IBM technologies, you can gain better control and security over the data that’s already streaming from devices, and be prepared for changes to come.

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Written by IBM BP Network