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What is IoT?


You may have heard a lot about IoT in the news lately; like the Wisconsin company that is offering microchip implants to their employees that can be used to scan them into the building and purchase food. But what exactly is IoT? IoT stands for the Internet of Things and is a system of devices, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network. So this includes pets with GPS tracker implants, your car's TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), a person with a heart monitor implant, your Alexa or Echo or even the books in your library if they have RFID tags in them. All of these devices have the ability to transfer data over a network via either a wireless or RFID signal. While all of this data transfer makes our lives easier there are concerns over security. People want to know how to make sure that their information stays secure and wondering if someone would be able to hack into their toaster and thereby get access to their entire network. The IoT also opens up companies all over the world to more security threats and we also have the issues of privacy and data sharing. The U.S. government is now getting involved in this as well with some new legislation that they're introducing to require vendors to ensure that their products are patchable and conform to industry security standards. Unfortunately though, this new legislation only applies to Internet-connected devices that are sold to the U.S. government. So I guess consumers are on their own for now to guard their privacy and protect their data.

I hope you have enjoyed this short and cursory overview of IoT. If you want more information about it there is plenty of it out there to be found using your favorite search engine.


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