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Internet of Things (IoT)

What is Internet of Things (IoT)?

Internet of Things (IoT), as the name suggests, enables connectivity across devices. The device could be smartphone, washing machine, television, microwave, or coffee maker, among others. They are either connected to each other or to the internet. IoT is a giant network connecting almost everything.

Understandably, IoT has created a lot of buzz. It is a concept that would connect almost every device on this planet. Imagine a scenario where your alarm clock wakes you up at 6 am and automatically instructs your toaster to start functioning or your car informs the client that you are stuck in the traffic and might be late.

However, IoT can also be a major cause of concern. Despite its advantages, IoT poses significant security challenges. As the functionality of the ‘things’ will solely be dependent on the internet, it would expose devices to vulnerabilities. A hacker might be able to breach the network and obtain the personal and confidential details of an individual.

Therefore, no matter what convenience IoT provides, security concerns remain. Corrective measures are, hence, required to ensure maximum security and minimum information leakage.

The HCL IoT methodology revolves around an ecosystem that encompasses things, data, processes, and people.