The internet of things or IOT has been in the buzz of networking since almost half a decade now. This sea, of interconnected physical devices that can identify each other and ‘talk’ and thereby share valuable information collected from data sources that one device by itself cannot compile on its own, is a field of electronics worth investing time and money in. The importance of this domain is also ever increasing with the advent of 5G just around the corner. The world of tomorrow is a world where all physical data is digitized and available at your finger-tips, along with all the security threats that come with it.
IOT allows the physical world to transform into a large information database that can draw from and use with intelligence, artificial or otherwise, all aiming towards improving the quality of the consumer’s everyday life and growing new models of management, business, education, and service. This existence of sensitive information in the cloud with terabytes of personal and business data all in transit between devices and networks is a link in the security chain that hackers aim to break and exploit, handing them the keys to your life. The landscape has changed and the balance is tipping very well in IOT’s favor with its contributions to cybersecurity.
The limited resources of IOT systems have been pegged as a security threat for the network but this becomes increasingly irrelevant as each IOT expo passes. Microprocessor size to processor power is increasing rapidly all the while battery technology makes them more power efficient and resilient to thermal throttling. This enables more complex cybersecurity systems to be put in place to ensure your personal data stays personal.
The advent of 5G enables all the devices to be interconnected to such an extent that their resources can be shared at a level of hardware access that wasn’t possible before. This allows encryption at high-security levels that leave sensitive data impenetrable.
IOT industries are known for pumping out low-cost products that allow one to have the quality of life of the future. This brings along with it the risk of low-cost architecture and firmware having weak links. The ever-increasing popularity though has boosted production as well as research and development into this industry cutting down the security threats and maintaining the age-old mantra of quality over quantity. The argument that the industry is inexperienced and new is becoming invalid every day and the outflow of fresh new technology from young minds is refreshing the electronics industry with applications never thought being brought to interdisciplinary fields and thereby truly realizing an internet of things.
The industry’s increasing popularity has also called for standardization of formats and protocols leaving clear responsibilities set for manufacturers, developers as well as consumers. This is all contributing to a bug and threat free IOT future.