How many connected devices do you have in your home right now? How many connected devices did you have in your home 5 years ago? Ten years ago?

I think it is fair to say most of us, 10 years ago, probably had a laptop or two and a wireless router. Today, the number of connected devices far surpasses that, and it’s only going to increase in the future. It’s becoming the norm for things like thermostats, refrigerators, light switches, cameras, game consoles, TVs, and more to have an internet connection.

This wave of connectivity is called the Internet of Things (IoT). Specifically, it is an assortment of devices that can be connected to the internet to provide us with real time updates and sensor readouts, among other things. This technology certainly makes our lives easier and safer.

However, as the number of connected devices increases, so too does our attack surface – the area cybercriminals can exploit to get access to our data. Please take a moment of pause before connecting that device to the internet. Think about what you may be exposing yourself to by having that device “always-on.” You may just be opening your cyber front door to cybercriminals and the rest of the world.

Do you think an assortment of things, all connected to the internet poses any risks to us? Do you see the advantages to internet controlled traffic signals?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

As we continue October’s discussion for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, be sure to subscribe!

In case you missed it, Week 2’s post is at Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business.

Posted by Elvis Huff

Elvis Huff worked as an officer and network administrator for 12 years with the Lebanon Police Department and has also served as an adjunct professor in information systems at Cumberland University. Read More »

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