First, let’s be clear about what exactly the IoT is. The IoT is a network of physical objects that can interact with other Internet-enabled systems and devices to share information and perform actions.
Over the past few years, IoT devices have become so prevalent that many of them now seem commonplace. For example, think about your smartwatch or Amazon Alexa device. Consider a car that offers predictive maintenance and accident avoidance sensors or a medical device that sends information directly to your doctors on a bigger scale.
From automotive and medical devices to manufacturing, retail, and finance, the opportunities for connected devices to create smarter, seamless experiences for organizations and consumers alike are genuinely limitless. Many IoT devices’ predictive elements also promise to save resources, including time and money and create overall safer experiences.
Notably, despite the relative maturity of these use cases today, we’re still getting started with everything the IoT offers. As the IoT ecosystem continues to mature, security has become critical to its ongoing success.