Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Internet of Things (IoT) and Security

Massis, B. (2016).  The internet of things and its impact on the library. New Library World, 117(3/4), 289-292.
As more and more devices are interconnected into the IoT – Internet of Things – the more at risk we are, as to our privacy and security rights.  However, the library that collects data quickly from interconnected devices can benefit to improve its environment. 
IoT is defined to be comprised of an interconnected system of ‘things’ that also includes people.  These relationships are people-people, people-things and things-things.  As the number of devices and connections increase, so do the vulnerabilities and the possibility that personal data may be taken without consent.  The stunning number presented in 2013 that by 2020 more than 26 billion connected devices will be in use, is supplemented by the forecast that 25 billion devices may be connected to the internet by now – early 2016. 
The article asks what can libraries do in this environment?  Librarians can answer with clear, calm, transparent answers about the networks patrons use in the library.  And, libraries should be posting and updating notices in real-world and digital forms so all are aware of the changes.  Librarians are encouraged to be active participants in this eventual reality, and to search for ‘security,’ as patrons ask questions.
G Thormann
Spring 2016

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