How familiar is your organization with the Internet of Things, or IoT? The IoT is a system of interrelated, internet-connected “objects” that collects and transfers data over a wireless network with zero human intervention. Think about smart home security systems, ultra-high-speed wireless internet, or even wearable health monitors. These are all examples of real-world examples that belong to the IoT.
As it happens, the IoT is an incredibly powerful tool that could provide immense benefit to your organization. Recently, the software giant Cisco conducted a study with their customers, the Cisco Visual Networking Index, to determine some of the primary ways organizations are using IoT to sharpen their competitive edge. According to Cisco, 47% of surveyed companies are using IoT to improve product quality, 46% are improving their decision-making process, and 45% are lowering their operational costs.
With any new technology, there are certainly potential negative repercussions to keep in mind should your business decide to implement the IoT into your business model. In fact, according to Software AG, a leader in platform integration and IoT for enterprises, nearly three-fifths of businesses said that their IoT projects had been unsuccessful – a mere 12% said that they’d been fully successful.
CloudTech, a community of professionals dedicated to cloud computing strategy and technology, recommends four key measures to take against IoT threats: early detection techniques in scripts, familiarity with common distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks, a tool that detects DDoS automatically, and a proper crisis response policy in place.
We hope that this article gave you a good idea of not only what the IoT is, but also the potential that it could provide your organization with. If you would like to speak with one of APC’s valuable subject matter experts (SMEs) on IT, call us today at (919) 516 – 9696, or visit our existing job opportunities at https://apcjobs.co/3vq5B5j.