Master IoT Cyber Security Challenges with Comprehensive, Multi-layer Security

From the smart lock on your front door to the printer down the hall, you interact with the Internet of Things (IoT) dozens of times a day. In fact, in 2019, the number of connected devices jumped to more than three times the world population. In addition to convenience, that growth has also brought significant IoT cyber security challenges. Unfortunately, in their rush to meet consumer demand, manufacturers have paid more attention to features than to security. At the same time, global standards have failed to keep pace with innovation. With an ever-widening attack surface and valuable data ready for…

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Manufacturing Robots Revolutionizing Industry

In 1962, General Motors installed the UNIMATE robot in its factory in New Jersey, becoming the first major manufacturer to implement an industrial robot. Fifty years later, manufacturing robots are now taking center stage in the latest industrial revolution. Recent market studies show signs of an unprecedented boom in industrial robotics. An estimated 1.3 million manufacturing robots will be delivered to factories globally in 2018. Between now and 2020, the number is forecasted to grow by an average of 14% annually. Long a staple in the automotive industry, robots have begun to gain prominence in warehouse and logistics applications, aerospace,…

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The Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Envision a smart factory where processes are fully automated using robots, 3D printing and artificial intelligence (AI). All equipment is interconnected and intelligent. Real-time data analytics drive continuous improvement and innovation. As in this scenario, the digital transformation in manufacturing, or industry 4.0, promises many benefits to business and consumers alike. As steam power and the assembly line did before, the digital transformation is set to revolutionize manufacturing. For example, Harley Davidson consolidated 42 buildings into a single, computer-controlled factory, reducing the production cycle from 21 days to six hours while lowering cost, inventory and injury rates. Faster, Better, Safer,…

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The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Future of Retail

The shopping bag has long been the universal symbol of the retail industry. But the new age of hyper-connectivity and emerging consumer trends mean that lugging a bundle of bags through a shopping mall may soon be a thing of the past. Online shopping was one thing, but the Internet of Things (IoT) is shaping the retail industry in ways no one could have predicted a decade ago. Here’s what the future of retail looks like—soon coming to a store near near you! IoT: A Network of Convenience IoT has been one of the hottest buzzwords surrounding retail for some…

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2017 Business IT: The Year in Review

For small and midsize business owners, 2017 brought a greater awareness of cyber-security. Cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) moved further into the mainstream. And, a host of new and improved tools streamlined the way we do business. To sum it up, 2017 business IT generated headlines and opportunities. So, let’s take a quick look back at the information technology developments that influenced our business lives in 2017. A thoughtful review positions us to better take advantage of the opportunities coming our way in 2018. Cyber-security in the News With increasingly frequent and sophisticated cyber-attacks, cyber-security now commands…

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IoT Home Technology Comes of Age

You already know the value of the Internet of Things (IoT) at work. You monitor office security with an app. Connected point of sale systems feed data to your online inventory and analytics. Now more than ever, you can bring that convenience home with the new generation of IoT home technology. Once an expensive curiosity, smart home technology has matured. The latest versions of products offer solid benefits at reasonable prices. With greater connectivity, you can save time and energy and keep your family safe, with the touch of a button or a simple voice command. Some of the new…

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The Things You Can Accomplish with the Internet of Things

At any given moment, there are billions of conversations going on all around you that you would never understand, even if you could hear them. This is not an insult but a reference to the conversations between devices connected through the Internet of Things (IoT). Let’s tune you into the conversation. Read on and we’ll brief you on the basics of this increasingly complex system and tell you how to leverage it to boost productivity in your personal and professional life. The ABCs of IoT In 1999, when the average person was just growing comfortable with basic Internet, Executive Director…

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Crash course: The things inside the Internet of Things ( IoT )

Many industry experts argue that the Internet of Things ( IoT ) could bring about the next industrial revolution. It already has a wide variety of applications, and there are more coming: one in every six businesses is planning to roll out an IoT-based product.1 Still, the IoT is new and can be hard to grasp—even for analysts, whose current estimates of its economic impact range from nearly $2 trillion to more than $14 trillion. As a nascent market, the IoT can feel very intangible. However, at its very essence, every IoT is comprised of “things.” Connecting the internet’s things…

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Counter Cloud and IoT Security Threats

While ransomware dominates the news, experts warn of increasing security threats involving cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). Until cloud and IoT security catches up with innovation, these exciting technologies offer additional opportunities for cybercriminals. Knowing the threats and how to defend against them will protect your business. Cloud and IoT Terminology The 2016 Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec advised caution as businesses implement cloud and IOT technologies. Understanding the dangers will help as you prepare defenses against potential cloud and IoT security threats. Start with a working knowledge of a few key terms: Cloud Computing –…

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Internet of Things security primer

The Internet of Things (IoT) provides convenience, comfort, and cost savings through a vast and growing collection of connected devices ranging from HVAC systems and printers to fitness trackers, medical devices, Iot devices and automobiles. And not surprisingly, those benefits are attracting the attention of businesses big and small. “The alluring promise of an improved bottom line will encourage businesses to focus on IoT,” predicts HP Chief Technology Officer, Shane Wall. “It can lower operating costs, increase productivity, and help businesses expand into new markets or offer new products.” While it is true that IoT devices can help businesses drive improvements in…

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