The Future of Connected Devices – NCSAM 2020 Week 4

Posted by Michael Krutikov
October 26, 2020

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The Future of Connected Devices


Welcome to the final week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020! 

Each week we highlighted one of the four themes for this year's NCSAM! 

At the beginning of the 21st century, no one could have predicted that the world of connected devices would expand so rapidly. Science fiction is now science fact, and yet it continues to change faster than ever. Our lives have become more and more dependent on new technologies that are connected to the internet.

What will the future of connected devices look like?

It is difficult to predict exactly what the Internet of Things will look like in the future. Filmmakers and writers share with us their visions in the movies and books, but the reality always tends to surprise us and exceed our expectations. The current pandemic changed so many aspects of our lives and accelerated the shift to, and acceptance of, a more technology integrated and virtual world.

How far will it go?

What was once considered impossible is now real. We are developing increasingly-integrated technology that interacts with our bodies and minds. Amazing technology that can provide life-changing capabilities for humans suffering injuries or impairment. We’re also exploring integration and technological enhancement to our minds, which is amazing, frightening, and pushes the boundaries of ethics. The fact that we’re having these conversations shows just how quickly things can change.

2030: Development of IoT

Here are 6 things we can expect to see in the future of connected devices. Let’s celebrate the fourth week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and imagine the state of the Internet of Things in 2030! What will it be like?

  1. Interconnected things will expand exponentially. Our personal devices, households, companies and cities will become smarter, embedded with sensors reporting data on a more continual basis. Scientists say that by 2030 there will be around 100 billion smart things used all over the world!
  2. More aspects of our lives will become connected. Today it is mainly laptops, watches, smartphones and home-convenience technologies, like lights, a/c, and doorbell cameras that make our lives easier. In 10 years’ time, our vehicles will become much more autonomous, our means of conducting business, consuming content and goods, and our health care will be supported by millions of smart devices.
  3. Artificial Intelligence will keep evolving. Machines will continue to learn from humans, eliminating human error, and accelerating the process of iterative improvement. More and more jobs, beyond physically intensive ones, will be automated and augmented by technology, and human-robot cooperation will expand rapidly.
  4. 5G and beyond: faster networking technology will require a significant focus and effort to properly secure our devices and data due to the massive increase in data transmitted. The expansion of 5G and the generations of networks that will follow will dramatically accelerate the capabilities of smart devices.
  5. With the increased number of smart devices, more of our data will be processed by more entities. Smart things will continue to gather info on us, and their manufacturers will continue to make use of that data. The world of advertising will become more effective as marketing companies will know more about our preferences. The scene from Minority Report where customized ads, leveraging biometric identification per person, doesn’t seem so far from our world today.
  6. Cybercriminals will have more opportunities than we are currently accounting for. Our focus on delivering ease of use and interconnectivity often leaves security as an afterthought. We cannot assume security is being provided by technology manufacturers and must be vigilant as ever. With billions of connected devices across billions of people, cybercriminals will be targeting the weak links.

We must stay ahead of the threats and implement security measures as we progress towards a more connected future. Trying to play catch up after the fact is not only difficult but makes it almost impossible to effectively secure everything.


2030: Our development

What becomes clear, is that we must evolve our knowledge and awareness of risks associated with using smart devices just as the IoT and technology keep evolving. Our security culture must be open, trusting and collaborative so we can continue to learn from and with each other to stay ahead of threats. If we stay connected, the future of connected devices can be both unknown and wonderful!


Enjoyed this blog? Check out weeks 1-3 here:

Week one If You Connect It, Protect It

Week two Securing Devices at Home and Work

Week three Securing Internet Connected Devices in Healthcare




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