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The Internet of Things

Tony Rosas, UFCU Information Security Officer, visited KXAN's Studio 512 to talk about the Internet of Things and related security concerns.



The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ability of everyday objects to connect to the Internet and to send and receive data. A short list of examples include:

  • Smart Buildings
  • HVAC
  • Handheld devices
  • Smart TVs
  • Thermostats
  • Wireless speakers
  • Baby monitors
  • Automobiles
  • Personal (implanted) medical devices
  • Personal fitness trackers

Cisco estimates that by 2020, there will be 50 billion devices on the internet, approximately 7 for every person on Earth.

With all IoT devices, there are concerns about who as access to the collected data and what is done with it. Review the privacy policy of the manufacturer and understand the different security and sharing options the device offers. Be aware of what information your device collects. Learn your device’s capabilities to maximize its benefits while providing a level of privacy that fits your personal risk appetite. It’s up to each individual to be aware and responsible for the devices they own.