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6 IoT Mistakes to Avoid

By: Post on: March 23rd, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Internet of Things (IoT) provides great opportunity for businesses, but it also comes with great risk. It’s been the topic of many news articles; many of which are good, and some of which are bad. SpiralToys, manufacturer of the “smart” teddy bear – a toy that could connect to the internet and other teddy bears – recently left about 800,000 user credentials and millions of custom messages completely exposed to anyone who knew how to get them.

This startling example of the security problems regarding IoT is a swift reminder that, as cool as it all sounds, there’s a lot of work to be done with IoT.

The IoT refers to machines talking to machines via cloud networks or online connectivity. Typically associated with “smart machines,” it’s expected to ingrain itself into our society as the years continue. Businesses will likely adopt a type of smart machine for increased productivity and people will find it becoming part of their daily routine.

But this is a lot of information getting passed around. In some cases, sensitive information. So how do you keep all this protected, monitored, and from falling in the wrong hands? As a business, how do you ensure your model has a measure of longevity? Well, here are six basic IoT mistakes to completely avoid.

Is Connection Necessary

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. From a design standpoint, does the device in question have to be connected or synced? It’s a heavy investment and risks security problems as mentioned. Careful consideration needs to go into whether or not the machine should be “smart.”

Lack of Resources

Smart machines are built differently, and they require different resources. Depending on the product success, scalability is a big concern. It’s important to make sure all the components and resources required to design the IoT device in question will be in abundance to meet potential demand.

Security as Afterthought

No. If security for an IoT device is looked at as a feature, not a core aspect of the device design, production needs to be reconsidered. The amount of risks unsecure smart machines bring to the table are too immense to ignore.

Expertise and Design

Good design is good design. Having experts and firms handle this is an important path to a secure, successful IoT based machine. It might seem costly initially, but so does having to redesign a product because it wasn’t done right the first time.

User Emphasis

At no point should a person using an IoT device feel like they’re not in control, whether that’s determining smart machine activity or what it can do if disconnected. We already discussed the problems with security – it’s not worth exacerbating this by limiting functionality when not connected to a network.

Not Regulated, Tested, or Certified

Depending on what the IoT device does, don’t make the mistake of not testing the product. It will be required to go through a series of safety regulations or certifications before the design is approved. Not designing for those certifications and safety requirements is a great way to tank the product and user trust, fast.

If you’re designing, releasing, or purchasing machines in the IoT spectrum, these are big mistakes to avoid entirely. Do so and you’ll have a functioning IoT device.

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