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A Gartner Report indicates the market for Internet of Things (IoT) devices is poised to explode and will reach nearly 21 billion connected devices by 2020.
This realization comes just months after the massive IoT Internet attack in October 2016.
In turn, that number is expected to further explode by 2020, where the IoT market will include 20.8 billion things.
This is causing manufacturers to scramble to make their products more secure. Whether it’s your home Internet router, wifi baby monitors, remote controlled thermostats, smart-tv’s, home security systems, or even your FitBit, security is on everybody’s mind.
Even Amazon’s Alexa is always listening, recording, storing, and tracking every sound in the room it’s set up in. Between your smart-tv and Alexa, Big Brother is indeed watching and listening.
The Gartner report is another indication of the growing importance of IoT and how connected devices are changing the way IT is viewed within large businesses and enterprises.
At the enterprise level, Gartner separated connected things into two categories, including generic or cross-industry devices that are used in multiple industries, and vertical-specific devices that are found in particular industries.
Cross-industry devices include connected light bulbs; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; and building management systems that are mainly deployed for purposes of cost-saving.
The second class includes vertical-specific devices, such as specialized equipment used in hospital operating theaters or field-based infrastructure projects, tracking devices in container ships and on airplanes, and others.
Whether we realize it or not, the Internet connections we take for granted are now controlling our lives.
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