Most of us have enough trouble just trying to keep the security programs on our computers and cell phones up-to-date. But we are going to have to adjust to a future in which virtually everything in our lives will be rendered “smart” and connected in what is characterized as the “Internet of Things” (IoT). As Wired Magazine succinctly explained the IoT: “Simply, the Internet of Things is made up of devices – from simple sensors to smartphones and wearables – connected together.” By the end of 2020, the IoT will have grown to around 31 billion sensors and devices. While the IoT can benefit our private lives, improve the efficiency of business operations, and help the U.S. military maintain its technological superiority, it also can give rise to vulnerabilities that threaten our privacy, the safe operation of critical industrial processes, and military operations. New, highly automated approaches to cyber security will be needed. I have written about securing the IoT here.
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