It is no secret that connected devices are a major part of our lives, but they have become indispensable during the pandemic. Both business and individual tech users have benefited from this technology and it will be widely adopted as the world navigates the “new normal.” The global market for Internet of Things (IoT) devices is expected to grow to $6.2 trillion by the end of 2025, and consumers and businesses need to know how to protect themselves while taking advantage of these technological breakthroughs.
Connected Devices in Business
A report from communications company Vodafone found that during the pandemic, 75% of US businesses who were only considering IoT moved forward with accelerated adoption plans for the technology, and 79% of US businesses launched new IoT projects as a result of COVID-19. Some of the common ways that businesses use IoT are:
49% of corporations in the Vodafone study said that IoT devices increased employee productivity, and 87% said it is critical for future success. Overall, IoT is here to stay and 73% believe that organizations who fail to embrace IoT will fall behind competitors in the next five years.
How Devices are Used In Our Everyday Life
Of course, everyone who has a smartphone has an IoT device in their hands, and the pandemic has caused everyone to turn to them as a way to connect with other people. With people being home, Nest and Google Home have also become staples for those who are inside their homes 24/7. There have even been attempts at drone deliveries to people’s homes, and while convenient, could potentially be taken down by a hacker looking for IoT devices.
With the emergence of products like cars that self-park and automatically brake when they sense a potential accident, IoT is going to continue to develop at a consumer level as well. 5G network capabilities are becoming widespread among cell phone companies and when the connection becomes stronger, the possibilities for connected devices will become infinite. That’s why consumers and businesses alike need to follow proper security protocols with their devices.
How to Stay Secure in a Connected Future
Connected devices are unique and do not come pre-programmed with the same security features that our laptops, desktop computers, and phones do. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has suggested that manufacturers determine the needs of the IoT customer, and make sure the device meets these needs while mitigating any security risks.
A common problem that leads to data breaches and the hacking of IoT devices is a lack of secure passwords. Creating complex passwords for your connected devices and the apps that control them will prevent a hacker from easily breaking into your devices and causing serious damage to your business or home.
As far as the developing 5G network, a report from the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence claims the network will be secure with subscriber privacy, plane integrity protection, and protections by the native IP-based security protocols. Though there are many cybersecurity protections in place, there are many other data security products and services that can help further.
SecureData offers hardware encrypted storage devices that do not require an internet connection to control. With a unique PIN or wireless authentication via mobile app, these devices offer the highest security for corporate environments. We also offer digital forensics services to investigate cybercrimes that many times happen as a result of a lack of security. Learn more about our many data security solutions by visiting www.securedata.com