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IoT devices could be asbestos of the future

October 09, 2019 / Anthony Spadafora

The rise of connected devices doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon and while there are currently around 7bn IoT devices worldwide, experts estimate that this number could be as high as 40bn by 2025. However, this rapid increase in IoT devices has some worried and cybersecurity expert and chief research officer at F-Secure Mikko Hyppönen explained in an interview on GlobalData's Verdict website that he believes that the proliferation of “stupid” internet connected smart devices could end up being the “IT asbestos of the future”. When it was first developed, asbestos was a great innovation that looked like a miracle material. It was widely used in construction during the 1960s and 1970s but only later did we learn that it caused cancer.