Se­cu­rity in IoT Era

For IoT to thrive, the need is to have a strong se­cu­rity frame­work to en­sure its wide­spread adop­tion

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In­ter­net of Things (IoT) is one of the most talked about and an­tic­i­pated tech­nol­ogy shifts ex­pected to trans­form the way we live. The num­ber of con­nected and smart de­vices is grow­ing at a rapid pace glob­ally as well as in In­dia. Ac­cord­ing to Gart­ner, IoT will grow glob­ally to 26 bn units in­stalled in 2020, fun­da­men­tally chang­ing ev­ery­thing we do with real-time data and ac­tion­able in­tel­li­gence. From pre­dic­tive au­to­mo­tive main­te­nance and in­no­va­tive lo­gis­tics to real-time cus­tomer in­sights for the nextgen­er­a­tion retail, IoT will sig­nif­i­cantly change the game for busi­nesses and so­ci­ety as a whole. In­dia too plans to cre­ate a $20 bn IoT in­dus­try in ed­u­ca­tion, health­care, and ser­vices over the next five years. Paving the way for this will be the gov­ern­ment’s am­bi­tious and on-go­ing ini­tia­tive to build hun­dred smart cities un­der the broader ‘Dig­i­tal In­dia’ um­brella. This will clearly set the stage for in­creased up­take of IoT ap­pli­ca­tions and slowly mark­ing a shift to­wards be­ing an in­tel­li­gent, con­nected, and smart econ­omy.

IoT is not just about the home auto- ma­tion sys­tems that turn lights on and off re­motely and the plants no­ti­fy­ing the sprin­klers when it’s time to water them. IoT will mark a tec­tonic shift far be­yond the do­mes­tic ma­chines to in­dus­trial and ma­chine ap­pli­ca­tions. Big data and in­tel­li­gence will drive the im­ple­men­ta­tion of IoT as new in­for­ma­tion will get gen­er­ated pretty much on a real time ba­sis through con­stant and seam­less data flow across de­vices, servers, and geo­graphic bor­ders.

With in­creased con­nec­tiv­ity comes an in­creased risk that sen­si­tive data may be breached or com­pro­mised. Net­works,

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