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Internet of Things:  Evolution or Revolution of Technology?

Jim Seaman, CISM, CRISC
| Published: 11/23/2015 3:02 PM | Permalink | Email this Post | Comments (0)

A simple search on an Internet search engine for “Internet of Things” (IoT) yields 21,800,000 results. Despite all of the available information on the IoT, do we really understand the implications of the rapid expansion of the IoT?

Source:  Business Insider and India Times

There will be between 25 billion and 50 billion connected devices by the year 2020. The benefits created by the rapid advancements of IoT technologies are widely published and focus on how it might make lives easier, removing the need for humans to conduct some remedial tasks. Imagine a world where the following actions happen automatically:

  • As you awaken, a tea kettle turns itself on.
  • As you walk to through the house, the lights automatically switch on/off.
  • As you get to your front door, your car turns itself on to warm up.
  • On your drive to work, the traffic lights are sequenced based upon the signals from the traffic flows.

However, there is very little legislation or government control ensuring that such development is carried out securely.

Clearly, there are some questions that need to be asked:

  • What requirements are there for organizations to validate that IoT developments are carried out securely?
  • What shortcuts or workarounds can developers implement to get a new and sellable product to market?
  • What could be the outcome?
  • How can we be sure that we are safeguarding our future?
  • How is the information security industry responding to such developments?
  • How can systems’ safety and security be checked?
  • With predictions of a 1.5 million shortfall of cybersecurity professionals in 5 years, who will carry out any of these safety/security checks?

Read Jim Seaman’s recent Journal article:
Internet of Things—The Fate We Make for Ourselves,” ISACA Journal, volume 6, 2015.


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