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Just read an article on the Internet of Things on Green Biz.

This article has some very good examples of some applications that can be created and the benefits that can arise when things start being connected. And the how the convergence of the Internet of things and big data can drive sustainability efforts.

How ever I feel that the article downplays some of the risks involved in the Internet of Things.

The very last paragraph:

“Other barriers are the privacy and security issues associated with the Internet of Things. There is some concern that many connected devices, whether smart meters or medical equipment, do not have adequate security protections and personal data can be misused. The risk is that technology providers, in a rush to bring out products in a hot area, will treat security and data privacy as afterthought.”

only just mentions the security risks associated with the Internet of Things.

Yet it is not hard to find expressions of concern about this new endeavor. While most people can see significant benefits occurring, there are downsides.

“Security was one of the most immediate concerns. “Most of the devices exposed on the Internet will be vulnerable,” wrote Jerry Michalski, founder of the think tank REX. “They will also be prone to unintended consequences: they will do things nobody designed for beforehand, most of which will be undesirable”.

I started looking at the Internet of Things as I looked at improving some aspects of my home. Smart lighting, electronic door locks, Internet enabled heating & cooling, etc. just modernizing my 40+ year home. Again security issues were very quickly raised and even introduced me to a new term ransomware where malware takes over your equipment and someone else asks for payment to unlock the equipment.

There are lots of devices that are becoming “Smart” including toilets, and the prices are falling. But even the toilet can be hacked

So until there is better security around the Internet of Things I am going to be a laggard, not a leader. After all I do not want my doors to unlock themselves, the AC & Heating to run at someone else’s command, nor  do I want my toilet to continually flush.

So are you diving into the Internet of Things? Is your company? Do you have any concerns?

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  1. Tony Mokbel

    Hi there John. I too am on the ledge here. I have seen a handful of awesome devices, which certainly spark an interest, but I am not sure how much I trust them. Something like the Ring Doorbell could be tremendously beneficial for a lot of people, especially those with disabilities. Plus, I don’t necessarily see how a simple doorbell could cause a safety concern.

    However, others are a little more concerning. One of the latest smart locks would be much different. From what I’ve ready, they’re not ready for prime time and as you said, they’ll unlock and lock, without warming or prompting. This is very concerning and it gives me grave concern.

    At this time, I must hold off, until the devices have improved. Instead, I’ll stick with a smart television and smart phone, but nothing more. I am eager for the future, when these devices are reliable though! Good read!

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    1. John Harrison Post author

      Thanks for the link to the latest smart lock reviews. Very informative. And yes I still am holding off as well. Interestingly All I am reading about is about internet security, but very little about how physically secure the locks  are  see this video of how easy it to to break one of these smart locks.. Good internet security, but bad physical security

      I even found this product August Smart Lock which just fits over existing deadbolts (sounds good), but  the Gizmodo review was’t too good.

      So I am with you, still looking for a smart lock that delivers good internet security along with good physical security

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    2. dimitri susana

      internet of things (IoT) is the network of devices and in general things that are connected together and communicating with each other to perform certain tasks, without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

       

      As we mentioned in the above example, Refrigerator is communicating with Spectacles, Spectacles is sending tweets automatically, Garage talks to Car and opens the gate when Car asks, TV can communicate with Car and send alert that Car is unlocked.

       

      The Refrigerator, Spectacles, Garage and Car are “Things” and this network where everything is connected is called “Internet of Things”.

      https://successfactorsexam.wordpress.com/2016/07/30/sap-successfactors-certification-and-training-guide/

      More Informations: http://www.saphanacentral.com/p/introduction-to-internet-of-things-part.html

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