Internet of Things, or simply IoT, is a buzzword these days. The IoT will undoubtedly change the way that individuals interact with the world and technology around them. This network of internet-connected devices will have many positive impacts.
IoT represents a revolution in the way we interact with each other. As a matter of fact, IoT created new kinds of interaction, as it is a technology that allows the connection between things, processes, people, animals and almost everything that we see around, by using Internet.
Despite being a simple concept, IoT needs an elaborate architecture to properly function. IoT architecture is made at least of four layers, namely, perception layer, network layer, processing layer and application layer. It is in this last layer that we have the perception of utility of IoT, as it represents smart applications and smart devices that could be used in many fields, making them “smarter”: smart homes, smart agriculture, smart cities, smart healthcare, and many others.
The dynamics, intelligence, and mobility of IoT make it a high-demand technology but also makes the IoT vulnerable and risky under security and privacy terms. All the layers of IoT are subjected to different cyberattacks. Therefore, smart devices designers must actively participate in the development of effective security and privacy measures, thus making IoT more robust in terms of security.
Nonetheless, the leading cause of IoT vulnerability is the lack of security awareness. People, businesses and society overall must engage in the enhancement of cybersecurity literacy in order to eliminate the number one cause of cybersecurity breaches: human error.
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