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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.

Do you trust your IoT device?

Do you know the security and privacy risks of your IoT device? Take our quick quiz and and discover what IoT means to you.

If you are a manufacturer or you provide enterprise support, we’ve got you covered for IoT device security and privacy with IoT Checklists.

When we all #GetIoTSmart, we all win.

What else 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:

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In the News 26 July 2018

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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.