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What Does 2019 Have in Store for the Internet of Things?
Many of our best technologists and prognosticators have tried and failed to predict where technology is headed. But when it comes to 2019, there are some trends we can probably count on, and the Internet of Things is one of them. Beyond the many useful consumer-level applications, like making our homes and appliances smarter and more efficient, a wide variety of industries will be rolling out their own services, standards and tools for leveraging the IoT. Here are a few of those applications, along with a nod to some of the likeliest growing pains. 1. Security Will Command Higher Spending Than Ever
One of the best cautionary tales about connected technologies is still the one about the 1.4 million Jeep Cherokees. After hackers demonstrated an exploit that allowed remote control of some of these vehicles' controls, Jeep launched a recall to make sure the same thing didn't happen on a larger scale. The IoT as we know it today is made up of millions of devices, most of which are far smaller than a Jeep. In 2017, this massive network of connected devices saw a 280 percent uptick in the number of malicious attacks over 2016 — in the first half of the year alone. Many of these attacks, including Stuxnet, Mirai Botnet and others, are now household names and cautionary tales in their own rights.
MEGAN RAY NICHOLS
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