The Internet of Things (IoT) – Removing the Human Element

Contributed by Robert Martin

This paper focuses on the IT security challenges facing the Internet of Things (IoT). An isaca.org article describes the Internet of Things as, “a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to automatically transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction” (Gonzalez & Djurica, 2015). Additionally, this paper outlines the security risks and impacts associated with removing human intervention from the Internet of Things. The four components of the Internet of Things discussed in this paper are the “things” themselves, the data, the communication network, and the computing systems. The purpose of this paper is to show the underlying security risks associated with interconnecting people, data, and devices via the Internet, without human controls.

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