The expression ‘six degrees of separation’ implies that just a tiny calculation is what separates one person from another. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) has drastically reduced these amounts, linking us not only to each other but to everything from our activity trackers to our coffee makers.
Remember this: according to a new estimate by the Federal Trade Commission, the number of Internet-connected computers is over 25 billion worldwide. According to analysts quoted in the study, the number is predicted to double within the next five years.
In a world where everybody and everything is linked, digital security is a must-have, almost as important as the lock on your front door or the keys to your home.
“Technology is revolutionizing the way consumers use cars, homes, work spaces and everyday objects,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, in an interview. These devices pose both opportunities and concerns about regulatory regulation, spectrum, privacy and more.
Issa’s issues are high-profile hacks, including one that took remote control of a Jeep on a busy highway. Experts warn customers that while easy, IoT is an integrated system, and protection is required to avoid a failure in one device (such as a Smart Watch) from being an open door to attack in another device (such as a wired cars).
Good news is that critical sectors such as banking, government and healthcare have partnered with organizations such as Gemalto, a world pioneer in information technology to address tough security problems.
Although others do not know the word “Gemalto,” analysts say that nearly everybody uses at least one or two of the company’s solutions, which are integrated in a wide range of connected computers, credit cards, passports and ID badges.
The massive influx of personal information that has become available online and stored in the cloud has put user privacy at the forefront of discussion regarding the database’s ability to safely store such personal information. The extent to which users and social media platform administrators can access user profiles has become a new topic of ethical consideration, and the legality, awareness, and boundaries of subsequent privacy violations are critical concerns in advance of the technological age
So to ensure that your data is safe from hackers, Gemalto offers the following tips:
- Protect your device. Sensitive devices require an extra layer of security, such as a SIM card or a tamper-resistant Protected Element that stores data in a secure location.
- Monitor your access. Implement two-factor authentication to ensure that only approved individuals have access to the records.
- Protect your data. Ensure the confidential data is secured and the encryption keys are stored separately and at secure place.