The world is accelerating towards embracing smart devices. We are in midst of a lifestyle revolution where each device has its own identity and it interacts with a range of interconnected devices. Name a task and a smart device to conduct that task will surface.
Each of such devices collect information, has an identity assigned to them and conduct tasks assigned to them. Smart thermometers, wireless blood pressure monitor, smart Bluetooth bulbs, fitness tracker wrist band, pet tracker collar, and many more. These devices are controlled by remote sensors which include mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and/or personal assistance devices. Such devices are approaching in many new, different and exciting ways. In geeks’ language it is called Internet of things.
The Internet of Things stresses on the fact that the world is getting connected with devices, each of them has an identity of its own.
IoE as a medium connects devices in more relevant, empowering and smart ways. In the coming years billions of physical objects will be connected to the Internet, including industrial and household devices. So if we break this prediction for you – it means:
More Smart Devices
More Access Points
More Single-Sign-On (SSO) Capabilities
More Securing Identity
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The information captured by these devices are synced by apps, and it remains fragmented. A single dashboard that can compile all such information and enable interaction to bring out concrete information is missing.
Inter-connected objects within a household is not a new concept, even enterprises in the oil, gas and utility industries have integrated connected equipment to support remote operations. Internet of things is an extension of this concept. Given that it brings in internet into the picture, inter-connected devices also are prone to cyber vulnerabilities and loopholes. There could be numerous possibilities for hackers. In addition to conventional ways for cyber criminals to enter into a network, vulnerable IoT connections can be crashed into. IoT devices are easy to secure.
The importance of setting baselines for the type of data that network administrators has been time and again reiterated by cyber security specialists. The number of devices per person keeps on adding up, this makes management of one’s identity remains at the core of technological revolution. This also brings into perspective management of all devices through a one-time login mechanism on the lines of Single-Sign-On (SSO).For example Personal Assistance Devices (PADs) collect a hoard of information. Keeping a check on quantity of information gathered, stored, and accessed is important.
On a closing note, it is important to realize that the future calls for management of identity of such devices be it in corporate setting or for household audience.