Security and the Internet of Things
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What is the Internet of Things?
WhatIs.com defines the Internet of Things (IoT) as:
The first mention of the Internet of Things was in 1999, but in practice, it has been brewing for decades. Did you know that the first "Internet appliance" was a Coke machine in the early 80s. Programmers at Carnegie Mellon University connected to the machine via the Internet, checked the machine's status and confirmed if there would be a cold drink at the ready if they walked down the hall to the machine...pretty amazing!
Why is security such a big deal in IoT?
Since IoT is any "thing" (cars, smartphones, household appliances, etc.) that has its own address on the Internet, it can be hacked. For instance, the first Internet fridge was hacked. Therefore, as IoT becomes more practiced, more embedded in our day-to-day lives, security and privacy of (your!) data is key. Protecting personal data is fundamental; it's an issue of trust.
What does the Internet of Things mean to IBM?
Industry analyst firm IDC predicts the installed base for the Internet of Things will grow to approximately 212 billion devices by 2020, a number that includes 30 billion connected devices. This linking of devices on the Internet provides "a sea of data" that we now have the opportunity to hear, see, capture, and make sense of by recognizing patterns. With all this interconnectedness, "the planet has grown a central nervous system." Find out more by watching this video featuring IBM's Mike Wing, Andy Stanford-Clark and John Tolva.
With the explosion of data available through sensors and mobile devices, your business is now able to connect to its end users with unprecedented intimacy and awareness. With this knowledge and potential for two-way interaction, the Internet of Things is enabling transactions when the time is most optimal for your customers.