Tech Trends 2020: Part 2 - IoT and Cybersecurity

Our blog series on technology trends towatch in 2020 continues with a look at the Internet of Things (IoT) andcybersecurity measures. Last month, we coveredthe IoT, the business benefits of the trend, and security threats it faces.We also took an in-depthlook at cybersecurity during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month inOctober.  Let’s take some time to focuson how IoT and cybersecurity measures will evolve and continue toplay a major role in the technology landscape.

IoT has changed not only the way wework, but also the way we live. We are more connected than ever before and havegreater access to information at our fingertips. This increased connectivitycreates more opportunities for information to be intercepted and exploited byhackers.

Manufacturers are not required to adhereto uniform cybersecurity guidelines, making IoT vulnerable to cybercriminals. Compoundingthe problem is the fact that many IoT devices are developed with almost nosecurity built into them. Devices are sent to market with security and deviceupdates as an afterthought in order to meet demand.

In order to improve IoT security, legislationhas been introduced which would impose security guidelines on companies workingwith the government. The Internetof Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act aims to improve security standardsfor government devices. By establishing some defined security guidelines forgovernment devices, the hope is that the entire IoT market would follow suitand implement the standard.

Organizations like the IoT Cybersecurity Alliance are forming aroundthe concept of developing a common set of security practices to bringregulation to the industry. Security alliances within the private sector areforming as well to help influence and bring change to IoT security.

Though more formal regulation is neededto establish a governing standards body for the IoT security space, the needfor cybersecurity measures related to IoT is recognized as an emergingtechnology issue to be addressed.

IoT and additional cybersecuritymeasures will be a trend to watch in 2020 and well into the future of thedigital space. Partnering with an IT security expert gives you the advantageyou need to proactively secure your IoT devices. AJTC has proven expertise in developingcustomized technology and security solutions. Contact AJTC today to learn more aboutIT security and our other services. You may also visitAJTC here or reach us at 708.942.8200. 

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