A new day is dawning in the world of technology. While we may not yet live the Jetsons’ lifestyle we were promised in cartoons, technology is evolving at a rapid pace in which many businesses are struggling to keep up. More importantly, it’s posing new risks businesses are ill-equipped to guard against.
The term “Internet of Things” (sometimes referred to as IoT) seems like a space-aged concept to some. However, it’s already in use in many iterations around the world. From automobiles gauges to heart monitor implants and a world of points in between. The key is learning how ordinary businesses can use it best while simultaneously minimizing their exposure to the risks IoT represents.
What Is the Internet of Things?
IoT, as its name implies, is all about linking things together. We’re only just now beginning to realize the potential of this technology. From linking mobile phones to automobiles, household appliances, televisions, and security systems, to advancing medical science and technology, the possibilities are virtually limitless.
We may never get the flying saucer that transforms into a briefcase or the laundry folding robot of the Jetsons, but we have been able to use IoT to create smarter hearing aids and monitor vital signs.
With Great Power Comes Great Risks
Businesses and individuals alike who embrace the potential of the Internet of Things must also search for new ways to guard against growing risks associated with it.
In addition to the risks we know about today, there are sure to be new risks as the technology grows and becomes more widely deployed for practical everyday purposes.
What Are the Current Risks Associated With IoT?
The most common risks related to IoT is security. The Wall Street Journal reported on several recent hacking incidents that exposed massive vulnerabilities related to Internet of Things. Cars and medical devices that were rushed to the market by businesses that wanted to be the first to deliver the goods, were lacking in needed security measures.
Other risks exist as well – especially for businesses. IoT operates outside the bounds of traditional IT security infrastructures. This leaves the door wide open for the insecure systems to operate as doorways into secured systems. Think about the nightmare of defending company systems against Waterhole attacks? IoT vulnerabilities operate in much the same way.
How Can a Data Center Help Guard Against IoT Vulnerabilities?
No one wants to be the last company standing on outdated and obsolete technology. At the same time, you don’t want to face unnecessary risks in the operation of your business. One of the best ways a data center helps guard against some of the most common risks of IoT is by providing offsite storage for your mainframe information.
By not physically connecting devices to the mainframe damage, data leaks, hacking prowess, and such can be limited to some degree, making them easier to detect, identify, and end before changes can be made, privacy can be violated, or information can be stolen.
Why Does This Matter to Businesses Today?
Another important detail to iron out is why the risks and rewards of the Internet of Things are so vital to businesses today. The truth is that technology is moving forward. It’s not a tidal wave. It’s a total tsunami. If you don’t poise your business to not only ride the wave, but also to weather the risks, then your business runs the even greater risk of being left behind.
Caronet is up to the challenge of IoT today and into the future. Let us help you choose the path that will take your business far into the future.