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Experts: The future of IoT will be fascinating and also potentially catastrophic

Jon Gold | June 7, 2017
Insecurity of IoT is a top concern.

“There will be no choice. As a result, many people will just hope that the institutions around them won’t harm them, while some people will feel very acute pain because they don’t fit into the system in an acceptable way.”

All that being said, it’s still relatively early in the IoT development cycle, so some experts aren’t quite so pessimistic about the technology’s future. The present crisis in connected device security should be read as the wake-up call that sees stakeholders get a lot more serious about the issue.

* Robert Bell is the founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, a non-profit research institution. He noted that it, “unfortunately, takes a crisis to make people care.”

“I have confidence that service providers on one side and the users themselves will find solutions that strengthen security online.”

* And Dariusz Jemielniak, a Wikimedia Foundation trustee and professor at Kosminski University in Poland, said that solutions already exist to a lot of the security problems facing the IoT world today – it’s just that people and institutions don’t use them.

“Current technology already offers much higher levels of security than the market actually uses; there is a scope for radical improvement if people demand it,” he said.

 

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