They also have in common the fact that their manufacturers have invariably taken the ongoing security of these devices seriously – the use of built-
But now there is a new game in town – the advent of incredibly cheap, low power microprocessors and wireless technology has allowed manufacturers to add a simple web interface to just about any type of electrical device, meaning that these devices can now become ‘connected’ to the outside world, allowing them to send and receive data and to be remotely controlled from wherever we happen to be.
TVs, cameras, thermostats, lights, appliances (do you remember the ‘internet-
The fact that in theory so many different things can now be added to the structure of the internet has led to the new descriptor the ‘Internet of Things’, referring to all devices designed primarily for one specific purpose which are connected to and can communicate via the internet.
There are already a multitude of IoT devices and the growth in their numbers is simply staggering, with a recent report predicting that by 2017 there will be more IoT devices than humans, with even greater growth following on from this:
So this is all sounding great, right? The ability to remotely control pretty much anything within our house (or workplace) from wherever we are – start cooking dinner or switch on the heating when on our way home, check out who is in the house or switch lights on and off, open and close blinds etc. whilst on holiday – the connected future that we all dreamed of is nearly here.
Amidst the blaze of publicity and ‘gimics’ (the ‘Smart Fridge’, mood-
But why is this important? Just why is it that security matters?