MWC highlights major IoT barrier

If there’s one three-letter acronym to rival MWC at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it’s IoT, the Internet of Things. Part of this is due to the excited buzz around 5G and how that will enable IoT – although Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg did express his “disappointment” in his keynote speech that while 4G was aimed at giving people a good experience, “5G is about things”.

Nevertheless, IoT is clearly one of the stars of the show, with connected cars seemingly taking up most of the display space in MWC’s giant exhibition halls.  Ford CEO Mark Fields, for example, announced in his Monday keynote that Ford is looking to transition from being “an automotive company to an auto and mobility company”, and to become a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and data and analytics.

However, as Simon Segars, CEO of ARM, a multinational semiconductor and software design company, pointed out, there’s a serious barrier to widespread IoT adoption: security.

We have to get it right

“If we don’t get IoT security right, then we won’t be able to deliver on its potential,” explained Segars at Day Two’s opening keynote session.

Connected teddy bears might sound fun, Segars noted, but will they give away details about your family that you would prefer to keep to yourself? What happens if hackers break into your connected home’s security cameras to discover when you’re not at home?  These are not academic questions – in 2014, one billion health records were stolen, Segars said.

Now is the time to embed security into the IoT ecosystem, he continued, insisting that security should not be an afterthought, and must be both robust (to fend off attacks), and easy to use (to ensure that people do actually follow the security guidelines).

This article was originally published in Amdocs Voices

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