Week three of National Cyber Security Month revolves around today’s predictions for tomorrow’s internet. Technology advances continue to evolve daily and today the internet landscape is not just about computers, smartphones, laptops and tablets. The internet is a global network that provides information instantly from virtually anywhere.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about disruption and opportunities. Although these emerging technologies have many benefits, organizations can face challenges that can be presented by this way of interacting with networked information. IoT revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication. It is built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors. It is mobile, virtual and an instantaneous connection that is going to make everything in our lives smart.
Technologist, Mike Kuniavsky, states,
“IoT is where computation and data communication are embedded in and distributed through, our entire environment”.
Understanding what IoT is
IoT isn’t just about money savings or refrigerators and televisions. IoT is a huge and fundamental shift. Intelligent technology will be a major engine for creating new products and new services and making smarter decisions.
An IoT is an ecosystem. Integration, analyzation, acquisition, interaction and context create that ecosystem.
From software to sensors and actuators, acquisition deals with the specific type of information that your organization is trying to collect. Once this is determined, a business must choose how they will get data from these devices. During analyzation, an organization will analyze the data and choose what will be sent to the cloud. Connectivity can also be managed. During integration, IoT devices act as agents with data being shared across the world. Interaction deals with user experience and how consumers interact with connected environments. Context deals with collaboration across fields and companies, device security and business models.
The top 5 ways that IoT will benefit your organization is:
- Continuous Customer Interaction: By utilizing networks, adding smart sensors allows customers to constantly interact with appliances and products within their home. IoT technology also allows for organizations to support customers more quickly
- Process Monitoring: IoT allows for more detailed monitoring. Organizations can use this information to improve business processes
- Automated Services: Software has already begun to automate all types of work and this artificial intelligence is effecting daily lives. Due to the increasing number threats of cyber attacks, humans can leverage automated services and artificial intelligence to keep up
- Increase Data: Sensors deployed as IoT devices produce data that can be analyzed
- Embedded IT: Organizations are now building products with sensors built in
Protecting Your Business with IoT
Ensuring a secure future will be the use of identity-management services. From simple user and id password combinations to advanced frameworks, these services have evolved that manage access credentials between a broad range of users and devices.
Organizations must be able to respond to the volume and scale of cyber threats, increase cyber security, reduce vulnerabilities and ensure user security by leveraging IoT. IoT security can be challenging to implement. When it comes to IoT security, testability and configurability are important to reduce threats. Help protect your business by:
- Digital Signatures: Digital signatures attached to software ensure that programs don’t run unauthorized programs.
- Connectivity: A firewall filters protocols to check that network-enabled devices interface properly. These firewalls may identify network-based security threats to IoT devices, data and the network. But within connectivity, think about the various protocols used by IoT devices and software
- Patches and Updates: IoT patches and updates can help protect against vulnerabilities.
- Entire Infrastructure: IoT is an environment. By accounting IoT systems as a whole your business will be better protected from vulnerabilities.
- Data Security: All IoT devices gather data. But it’s the means of transfer and recording that present the threat. Consider how data is transmitted and stored when accounting for data and analytics security in IoT
In order to collect, analyze and act appropriately, organizations need to completely rethink computing architectures and tools. This challenge is much bigger than many initially realize.
But as these technologies mature, the range of corporate deployments will increase. Now is the time for executives across all industries to structure their thoughts about the potential impact and understand how to build their businesses by leveraging this data.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) spreads, the implications for business model innovation are huge. To take advantage of new, cloud-based opportunities and the companies will have to fundamentally rethink their orthodoxies about value creation and value capture.
Data from large numbers of sensors, deployed in infrastructure such as roads and buildings or to report on environmental conditions including soil moisture and ocean currents can give decision makers a heightened awareness of real-time events, particularly when the sensors are used with advanced display or visualization technologies.
In this way, these managers are increasing their ability to make constant routing adjustments that reduce congestion costs and increase a network’s effective capacity. “It’s the use of technology to gather insights around a particular operation that can help you make smarter decisions,” says Paul Gudonis, president of Inmarsat’s Enterprise Business Unit.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month was launched by The National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Now in it’s 14th year, it is observed every October and was created to ensure that each American has the resources to protect their businesses and remain secure online. This year’s campaign is Stop. Think. Connect.
In Week 1, simple steps to online safety was discussed. From securing home networks to learning how to use the internet more safely, throughout this week consumers learned what to do if they fall victim to cyber crime.
Week 2 discussed cyber security in the workplace. Each organization must plan for employee education, training and awareness to help with risk management. Businesses were shown how to protect themselves, their customers against common cyber threats. Resources were also provided to help strengthen cyber resilience.
We are currently in Week 3 which looks to the future of the internet and how to ensure security, safety and privacy by using the latest technology. It discusses how personal data fuels smart devices and how smart devices are the future of every organization.
In Week 4, cyber security careers will be discussed. Continuing to train the current workforce and growing the next generation of skilled cyber security professionals will help protect and ensure the safety of Americans.
Week 5 will discuss protecting infrastructure from cyber threats and how to build resilience.
The Future of Your Organization
The Internet of Things is opening new frontiers for improving processes with artificial intelligence. This kind of machine decision making mimics human reactions, though at vastly enhanced performance levels.