Securing the Internet of Things

Published: Jul 16, 2016 06:33:06 AM IST
Updated: Jul 15, 2016 08:54:48 AM IST
Securing the Internet of Things
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310 mln is the number of IoT devices that will be used in food services by 2020, according to Businessinsider.com

The internet of things (IoT) has become one of the biggest areas of concern for cyber security experts. It was among the most discussed subjects at an annual conference in Singapore in May arranged by Fortinet, a software company that provides enterprise-level next generation firewalls and arrays of network security products.

At the conference, Tyson Macaulay and Darren Turnbull, experts on network security at Fortinet, said the market was both a threat and an opportunity.

Here’s why: The size of the IoT market is estimated to become more than double the size of the smartphone, PC, tablet, connected car and wearable market put together by 2019, according to Businessinsider.com, a news and research website. At the same time, IoT’s sercurity loopholes can wreak havoc in our lives, from enabling terrorism to simple hacking.

Here’s the opportunity and the threat in numbers.

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