Is Security and Privacy critical in the Internet of Things?

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Is Security and Privacy critical in the Internet of Things?

Is Security and Privacy critical in the Internet of Things?

In this IoT world, the thing that is on stake is ‘our Privacy’. It is pretty much exciting to think that how we can customize the services and products that we want. Apart from this, IoT will modify every aspect of our life, may it be healthcare, manufacturing, government, etc. Now, the question is “How IoT affects our Privacy?” We share a lot of information with other through social media and devices. But there is dark side of sharing this data because this shared information may jeopardize our personal safety.

We can’t deny the fact that this world is moving to ‘internet of connected things’ from ‘internet of connected computers’. We use smart watches, washing machines, fridges, vending machines – all these things collect ocean of information about us. We are surrounded by technologies and smart devices that seem to be the world of robots as picturized in any science fiction movie. All this could turn against us in one single click of button. What we can do to protect our privacy? The options to protect our privacy are very limited. We can use tools such as VPNs, encryption clients, but there is no such thing that can be used as bulletproof privacy shield.

In conclusion, no one tell how much privacy we will get once the IoT is on its hype. So, for the safe side, it’s better to be careful with whom and how you are sharing your information. Marwick, the social media researcher said that, “Neither privacy nor publicity is dead but technology will continue to make a mess of both.

IoT Innovation with Big Data  Industries

IoT Innovation with Big Data   Industries

To begin with, read the statements given below which are related to big data and IoT:

  • Every day, about 500 million Tweets are sent, 4 million hours of content  is uploaded on YouTube, 4.3 Billion Facebook messages are posted and 6 million Google searches are performed. [Big Data]
  • It is expected that industry will grow from $10.2 billion to $54.3 billion by 2017. [Big Data]
  • It is estimated that by 2020 there will be more than 50 billion connected devices.

 You might be thinking, what is relationship between IoT and Big Data? Let’s
discuss.

 Mauritius Privacy Conference
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In 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners,

representatives from academia and private sector discuss positive and negative impact of big data and IoT. The purpose was to establish principles on how to reduce the risks related to using data. The conclusion of this conference was captured in two documents namely, the Mauritius Declaration on the Internet of Things and the Mauritius Resolution on Big Data.

Mauritius Resolution on Big Data

  1. Collect and store data that is necessary for lawful purpose
  2. Enable individual to access data maintained by them, and correct and control that information
  3. When collecting data, define the purpose of collection
  4. Carefully control access to sensitive data

Mauritius Declaration on the IoT

  1. Individuals who have connected devices should know what data they collect, for what  purpose and how long it should be retained
  2. Data received from connected devices is “high in quality, quantity and sensitivity”, and should be treated as sensitive and personal data

In the end, these documents indicate the direction where trends are going.

Internet of Things & Security  Challenges

Internet of Things & Security  Challenges

Starting with, what is Internet of Things (IoT)? I think all of us are aware of this umbrella term. IoT is about connecting billions of devices over the internet and enabling them to share data. The device then no longer just relates to you, but is connected to surrounding devices as well. These devices gather and share large amount of crucial data. It has power to make us more productive at work, and make our life happy.

IoT devices are everywhere and it is not a fad. As per the survey, by 2020 there will be more than 50 billion connected devices. Apart from everyday plans, there are various benefits of IoT in various sectors including health care, businesses and more. As IoT has become a larger part of our life, it is more prone to security risks or hacking. And, this arises the question ‘about IoT security’.

Today every industry is adopting an IoT infrastructure and few of them are giving attention to security as well. And, any gap in security can open doors for prying eyes to misuse sensitive data. The various major security challenges that IoT is facing are poor proprietary software, network connectivity, lack of internal, security control in the system, lack of standardized security protocols and more.

In the nutshell, to tackle with security challenges, it is necessary to stay up to date with evolving security risks. Also, a monitoring strategy can be of great help to keep it all in check.

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What is IoT

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Iot or Internet of Things can be described as anything, it could be a heart monitor implanted in a person, it could be an automobile with proximity sensors to alert the driver while parking.

In simple words

IoT be describe as an object which can be natural or man-made and can be assigned an IP address and also provided with the ability to transfer data over a network.

The Idea and model of IoT is in practice for years now, but recently with the advancement in the technology there is acceleration in the use of Internet of Things with several devices for collecting, processing and sharing information.

As per a recent research the use of IoT is getting popular in consumer electronics, automobiles and transportation, energy & utilities, industrial and commercial buildings, and many more. Although the concept wasn’t named until 1999, the Internet of Things has been in development for decades.

The first Internet appliance, for example, was a Coke machine at Carnegie Melon University in the early 1980s. The programmers could connect to the machine over the Internet, check the status of the machine and determine whether or not there would be a cold drink awaiting them, should they decide to make the trip down to the machine.

People who are using diverse or interoperable communication protocols realized that in place of diverse and interoperable communications a dynamic heterogeneous/multimodal network can be used in remote and unreachable places such as mines, oil platforms, forests, pipes, etc. Or it can be used in emergency situations like floods, earthquake, etc.

In IoT infrastructure, these “things or objects” will realize and explore each other and learn to take advantage of each other’s data by sharing resources and dramatically enhancing the scope and dependability of the resulting services.

According to Gartner, Inc. 

A technology research and advisory corporation), there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020.”

ABI Research estimates that more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. As per a recent survey and study done by Pew Research Internet Project, a large majority of the technology experts and engaged Internet users who responded—83 percent—agreed with the notion that the Internet/Cloud of Things, embedded and wearable computing (and the corresponding dynamic systems) will have widespread and beneficial effects by 2025. It is, as such clear that the IoT will consist of a very large number of devices being connected to the Internet. In an active move to accommodate new and emerging technological innovation,

UK Government, in their 2015 budget, allocated £40,000,000 towards research into the Internet of Things. The British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, posited that the Internet of Things is the next stage of the information revolution and referenced the inter-connectivity of everything from urban transport to medical devices to household appliances.

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