Embracing the Internet of Things doesn’t necessarily mean foregoing your privacy

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Progress doesn’t always come easily. There will almost always be resistance to change, especially if such change directly involves the lives of people all over the world. In the case of The Internet of Things, the general public is still skeptical about the idea. Connectivity is great but unfortunately we live in a world where hackers are renowned for stealing data either for profit or fun.

The Internet of Things is the inter-networking of gadgets, vehicles, buildings, and other devices that are embedded with software and sensors for interconnectivity. Think about being able to control the lights in your room, stove in your kitchen, car, and other devices with just a tap on your smart phone.

According to Telogis, this new connectivity between devices, both in the home and in businesses, has given rise to a network that allows data to be shared, thus creating the term “Internet of Things”.

Without assuring people that their personal things will be kept private when using the Internet of Things, the technology will always be taken with a grain of salt. Almost any connected device today can be hacked so what will stop hackers from attacking the Internet of Things?

Blockchain Technology

In an attempt to solidify the security of the Internet of Things, tech companies are now looking at Blockchain. IT leaders view Blockchain technology as a solution to these security risks, including Amit Sharma, the Vice President of the biggest Indian multinational provider of IT and Networking Solutions, Tech Mahindra.

“Sooner rather than later, Blockchain and IoT will converge, and the cryptographic algorithms being used by Blockchain will obviously help us to protect this data,” said Sharma.

By design, Blockchain is resistant to any modification attempts. That’s because once data is recorded, the data in a block cannot be changed anymore. Through the use of a private network and a distributed time stamping server, a Blockchain database is managed autonomously, giving people the security in making transactions.

The Blockchain technology is popularized by the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

Blockchain is an example of a distributed computing system with high fault tolerance. This makes the technology suitable for the recording of important data such as date of birth, medical records, pensions, savings, and any other high-risk documentation.

The idea of integrating blockchain technology with the Internet of Things is not something new. According to a report by CNBC, there are studies and suggestions of a similar kind dating back to 2014. However, the pressure to integrate a secure technology to the Internet of Things is being felt by IT companies just now since interconnectivity is being integrated to new technology at a faster rate.

Despite concerns on how much people are willing to let the Internet of Things take over their lives, Sharma said that the tech-savvy, post-millennial Generation Z may be willing to be open up more to interconnectivity.

Exclusively written for TiE Silicon Valley
by TechybyJen