Increased security has helped deter hackers from accessing IITT technologies. However, other problems and difficulties have arisen for the connected IioT systems. The improved firewalls and upgrades caused the connections to be disrupted and the devices to go offline.
Fremont, CA: When most people hear the terms "Internet of Things" or "IoT," they think of readily available gadgets that can remotely control their home weather, play their favourite songs, or automatically adjust their backyard smoker to the temperature of the brisket. In fact, IoT is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, people or animals that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and are capable of transferring data over a network without the requirement for human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
These IoT devices have become very common nowadays and, as such, consumers expect a lot more technology in all aspects of their day. Devices are expected to make everyone's lives easier and to anticipate peoples' needs. These evolving expectations are forcing consumer product manufacturers to invest in as well as adapt to this technology.
Many in the industry took notice of the notorious data breach linked to a mechanical contractor who had associated the HVAC equipment of a major US retailer with its internal computer network. This enabled hackers to access the retailer's network and to steal sensitive customer and credit card details.
Following such a widespread and widely publicised breach of data, businesses realised that they would need to increase their focus on security by improving network firewalls in order to shut down and prevent access. These improvements were also acknowledged by companies adopting IIoT technologies.
Increased security has helped deter hackers from accessing IIoT technologies. However, other problems and difficulties have arisen for the connected IIoT systems. The improved firewalls and upgrades caused the connections to be disrupted and the devices to go offline. Generally, a system warning or an unreported error occurred before it was realised that the connection was not active. Once found, the equipment had to be reconnected to the network.