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3 reasons to be wary of the Internet of Things

Jennifer Lonoff Schiff | March 12, 2015
IT and security experts discuss why companies and consumers alike should be careful about deploying ‘smart’ appliances and devices that connect to the Internet and offer steps to protect against security and privacy threats.

"In order for IoT devices to efficiently and securely communicate, and be properly managed, APIs need to essentially speak the same language. So creating a standardized API will make a world of difference," he says. 

"IoT is creating a surge in the number of mobile devices, with the number of M2M devices expected to surpass 40 billion by 2020," says Frank Yue, senior technical marketing manager, F5 Networks. "That's five times more M2M devices than consumer wireless devices."

"The scale issue is not the volume of traffic, but the type, frequency and cadence," Yue continues. "M2M devices do not behave the same as consumer devices. These devices are typically low-energy, short interval update types of devices." And while "the size of the communication is small, the issue is they send regular updates consistently throughout the day causing a tsunami of connections and data at periodic intervals," he says. "How will the service providers build an infrastructure that has these regular surges of traffic that may surpass baseline or average traffic by a significant multiple of existing traffic patterns?"

"The complexity of creating and maintaining an IoT system, which includes sensors, actuators, communications protocols, and device provisioning processes, among others, poses unique challenges," says Annie Hsu, associate strategy director, frog, a product strategy and design firm. And "finding a browser-like solution for the IoT won't be straightforward."


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