Guest Column | June 3, 2015

Security In The Age Of The Internet Of Things

By Andrew Harrover, CEO, Matrix Computer Consulting, ASCII Group Member Since 2012

The nature of the Internet is changing before our eyes. The growth is relentless, and the rate of change, even for our business, is incredible. It’s not just a way to hook computers together anymore; it’s become a way to enable new and different kinds of efficiencies and even lifestyles. We are not yet to the point of the refrigerator anticipating our dietary needs, but every day brings us closer.

What we are seeing is the dawn of a new era: the “Internet of Things” (IoT).  It is estimated that one hundred “things” are hooked to the Internet every second! Need to see what’s going on at the house? No problem: whip out your smartphone and check your webcam app. Need to turn the lights on before you get home? No problem, the lights are hooked to the Internet as well.

However, all of this connectivity and togetherness does come with its own rapidly evolving set of security challenges. On a personal level, all of your devices are collecting information about what you do and where you go. More and more of your “stuff” is networked. On an enterprise level, so many devices now come with an embedded computer that it is hard to keep track of them all.

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