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3 things you need to know about cybersecurity in an IoT and mobile world

Cybersecurity complexities continue to rise as we transition into a world dominated by mobile devices and the Internet of the Things. At a high level, make sure you understand these three factors.

This was originally published on ZDNet.

Cybersecurity fears continue to grow as the digital revolution embeds itself in new parts of society every day. I'm Jason Hiner and today we're going to look at the three things you need to know about cybersecurity in world that is increasingly dominated by mobile technology and the Internet of Things.

1. Mobile is now the standard

For the past decade and a half, mobile devices were bolted onto a company's IT strategy because the devices themselves were what professionals used when they were traveling or between times when they were sitting at a computer. Today, there's a lot more you can do on mobile and so mobile usage continues to skyrocket. As a result, every company needs to treat mobile like a central component of its IT, data, and cybersecurity policies.

2. IoT complexity brings tremendous risk

In the same way mobile devices changed the game for IT security at the turn of the century, the Internet of Things is changing it again. IoT is connecting a greater diversity of devices to the corporate network, and with that brings much greater complexity and risk. And the scale is incredible. There are now over 3 billion smartphones in use in the world. There's already 8 billion IoT devices and we're still at the very beginning of the growth curve. That number will climb past 25 billion by 2020.

3. Cybersecurity is now a public safety concern

When mobile security became an issue, the biggest concerns were data leakage and loss of productivity and profitability. As IoT connects more parts of the world to the internet, it creates a greater attack surface for rogue players. That means public infrastructure like stop lights, bridges, water facilities, and power plants can be attacked. And, vulnerable endpoints on your organization's network could be compromised to launch the attack. In other words, the stakes of the game in cybersecurity are higher than they've ever been and they will only get bigger in the years immediately ahead.

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To learn more about this topic, read our full special report "Cybersecurity in an IoT and Mobile World." You can read all of the articles on ZDNet or you can download them in one PDF on TechRepublic, available for free to registered users.

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About Jason Hiner

Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

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