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Internet of Things Sounds Good, But Can You Trust Smart, Connected Devices?

If you had an unlimited budget and little need for sleep, you could attend most (but not all) of the dozens of Internet of Things (IoT) events scheduled around the world in 2016. You'd not get much actual work done, but you'd hear a lot about what's possible when everything gets "smart and connected" and the new business opportunities that IoT will enable.

Internet of Things Sounds Good, But Can You Trust Smart, Connected Devices?

Indeed, while IoT is presently a very immature set of technologies, much more is coming, no doubt about it. But before we get too enamored with this latest shiny object, let's ask a few fundamental questions.

IoT assumes, in almost every case, either that (a) everything works correctly all the time, or (b) we can tell that it’s not working correctly and ignore it until it’s fixed. Underlying these seemingly reasonable assumptions is the belief that we can trust all the smart connected devices in the IoT world to tell us the truth about what they’re doing all the time. If that’s not the case, a device’s “reputation” - the reliability of the data it provides - can disappear quickly and be very hard to regain.

So we should probably be talking about how we can move from a bunch of “smart connected things” to a situation where all these smart devices can actually be trusted.

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Indeed, while IoT is presently a very immature set of technologies, much more is coming, no doubt about it. But before we get too enamored with this latest shiny object, let's ask a few fundamental questions.

IoT assumes, in almost every case, either that (a) everything works correctly all the time, or (b) we can tell that it’s not working correctly and ignore it until it’s fixed. Underlying these seemingly reasonable assumptions is the belief that we can trust all the smart connected devices in the IoT world to tell us the truth about what they’re doing all the time. If that’s not the case, a device’s “reputation” - the reliability of the data it provides - can disappear quickly and be very hard to regain.

So we should probably be talking about how we can move from a bunch of “smart connected things” to a situation where all these smart devices can actually be trusted.

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Internet of Things Sounds Good, But Can You Trust Smart, Connected Devices?