The Quantum Threat To IoT
Skip Sanzeri / Forbes / 25 September 2023
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Today, we live in a world where computing devices are decreasing in size and increasing in power and capability. Every computer system evolves to be smarter, faster, more powerful and cheaper. One set of ultra-small and focused devices is called the Internet of Things (IoT) and includes sensors, security devices, video cameras, medical devices and more.
There’s a good chance you’re using IoT today, whether via your Ring doorbell, Nest thermostat or smartwatch. IoT devices are connected via the internet to other devices, systems or people in the network. Since they’re connected to the internet, IoT devices can be managed and controlled from anywhere in the world. According to Statista, there are more than 15 billion IoT devices connected around the world in 2023, and by 2030, there will be around 29 billion.
Similar to IoT devices, industrial control systems (ICSs) run almost every digitized industrial operation, including manufacturing and critical infrastructure like energy grids. ICSs comprise the devices, systems, networks and controls used to operate and/or automate industrial processes and, in many cases like IoT, are connected to the internet. Gartner Inc. provides a broader definition it calls cyber-physical systems (CPSs). CPSs include IoT and ICSs, as they interact with the physical world (including humans).
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