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What is an IoT device?

It’s a physical object that connects to the Internet. It can be a fitness tracker, a thermostat, a lock or appliance – even a light bulb.

Imagine shoes that track your heartbeat… and can flag potential health problems. You don’t have to imagine – these “smart” shoes already exist!

How will it affect me?

The Internet of Things has arrived and it’s going to introduce incredible opportunity over the next five years. And while smart things are exactly that, the IoT industry has a long way to go in terms of overall security. Many of today’s IoT devices are rushed to market with little consideration for basic security and privacy protections: “Insecurity by design.”

This puts you and everyone else at risk: from unwittingly being spied on or having your data compromised to being unable to lock your own home. You could even become part of a botnet that attacks the Internet. Your insecure webcam – along with millions of others – could be used to attack the power grid of an entire country.

What can I do?

If we want everyone to benefit from the potential of Internet-connected devices, we need to ensure that they are safe and trusted. You can join people around the world and stand up for a safer and more secure connected world.

Read more about what you can do:

IETF 102, Day 4: DNS, IoT & TLS
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IETF 19 July 2018

IETF 102, Day 4: DNS, IoT & TLS

This week is IETF 102 in Montreal, Canada, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics of interest...

Collaborative Governance Leaders, Canada, and Senegal Exchange Notes on IoT Security Frameworks
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Internet of Things (IoT) 18 July 2018

Collaborative Governance Leaders, Canada, and Senegal Exchange Notes on IoT Security Frameworks

Canada and Senegal partners are meeting for a comparative learning exchange on developing robust Internet of Things (IoT) Security...

IETF 102, Day 3: DNSSEC, DPRIVE & IoT
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IETF 18 July 2018

IETF 102, Day 3: DNSSEC, DPRIVE & IoT

This week is IETF 102 in Montreal, Canada, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics of interest...

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IETF 17 July 2018

IETF 102, Day 2: Trust in the IETF

This week is IETF 102 in Montreal, Canada, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics of interest...

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Internet of Things (IoT) 17 July 2018

Smart Shopping Starts Today!

Let’s face it – things are different now than when we were kids. I grew up with technology. My...

The Week in Internet News: Startup Finds a Way to Glue Fiber to Roadways
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Technology 16 July 2018

The Week in Internet News: Startup Finds a Way to Glue Fiber to Roadways

Why don’t we glue it in the road? A technology startup has patented a way to integrate broadband fiber...

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How do I learn more?

Read and share “The Internet of Things: An Overview – Understanding the Issues and Challenges of a More Connected World”, a whitepaper that examines many important aspects of the Internet of Things. You can also read the IoT Policy Brief to help understand the policy implications of IoT, IoT Security for Policymakers to learn how policymakers can help build IoT we can trust, and learn more about the Online Trust Alliance’s IoT Trust Framework.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at IoT.info@isoc.org.