Safe and sound As devices and data become more intertwined, the opportunity for consequences grows, and people are acutely aware of these issues. Nearly 46 percent of respondents feel that privacy concerns is the biggest challenge facing widespread adaptation of connected devices, followed closely by concerns about data security ( 40 percent).
The Internet of Things is a particularly easy target for privacy and data breaches because of visible vulnerabilities in its early development. Consider a health device that monitors the vital signs of someone who is chronically ill. The monitor will gather data points, such as heart rate and blood sugar level, but rather than send the information directly to the doctor's office, the stats may first be routed to a local hub for processing and temporary storage. The more transfer points along the path of travel, the more opportunity for data to be stolen or compromised.
"Overcoming the Internet of Things' privacy and security issues will be a significant challenge for the industry," Saracco said. "However, worthwhile innovation does not come without obstacles. I believe that the great minds of technology and engineering can collaborate to find a solution that will alleviate some of these development concerns."
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