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IEEE Internet Of Things Survey Provides Clarity Around Definition, Future Uses And Challenges

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."

For more information about IEEE's latest research on connected devices and the Internet of Things, please visit: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/search/searchresult.jsp?newsearch=true&queryText=internet+of+things&x=0&y=0

About IEEEIEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at  http :// www . ieee . org.  

SOURCE IEEE

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