The proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, appliances, equipment, and many other similar digital products is gradually creating a functional ecosystem, where homes, offices, some public spaces are fully and efficiently connected over the internet. This has gradually changed the world and re-defining the way people live their lives. This is because, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, services, and systems by a well-thought-out and state-of-the-art ecosystems. And this will bring lots of new opportunities for a myriad of people, globally. And a lot of people are ready to jump in and take full advantage of this immense opportunity.
However, this new opportunity comes with a lot of vulnerabilities, which will lead to serious mistakes that everybody needs to avoid at all costs if they are going to take full advantage of this unique opportunity that is truly creating a connected world with the use of the internet. But you cannot avoid a mistake if you do not know what it is in the first place. That is why this article is written to shed some light on 4 common Internet of Things mistakes to avoid right now. Without further ado, here they are.
1. Lack of proper security measures in place to safeguard your ecosystem(s)
The only way that devices, appliances, and gadgets connect to one another is over the internet. This has introduced new security concerns since devices that use the internet MUST put in place tight security measures to safeguard their systems from being hacked by high-end or low-end hackers. If this is not done adequately, very important confidential information might be stolen that could put people’s lives and properties in serious danger.
That being said, there are some ecosystems that are rapidly adopting IoT systems but fail to install adequate or tight security measures to checkmate any intrusion into the systems, which many unscrupulous people will take advantage of quickly and launch a massive invasion into these ecosystems and inflict as many damages as possible. That is why it is better to have separate Wi-Fi networks. However, not all security measures are simple. For example, to ensure secured IoT certificate management, you will need to use the cloud.
2. No workable protocols for devices or system continuous updates or replacements
It is no news that Internet of Things systems requires device replacements and updates on a timely manner or on a regular basis. But in order to do this efficiently, there must be designed and deployed protocols. This can simple as scheduling a system update that will install the required apps or system software which developed by top software companies on your devices to keep it updated always. This can be done automatically, or you could decide to check the system manually and do the update regularly. This is obviously important.
However, some businesses are running outdated apps and system software, which has affected productivity. What this means, in other words, is that outdated system software and apps often experience some technical malfunctions or are more expensive to operate. This will affect business operations. So, it is MANDATORY to have protocols that deal with updating IoT systems.
3. Not having a monitoring system
Internet of Things system is usually massive ecosystems of connected devices or digital electronics that need monitoring. The systems need to be constantly monitored to ensure smooth operations and to fix and avoid conspicuous mistake. A similar thing applies to moveable parts of machinery that need to be oiled to ensure that it is continuously working optimally. If you do not have this in place, you will not notice small sighs of the system malfunctioning and avoid a major catastrophe, or you will run into avoidable damages.
And for corporate establishments, security, project management, and training among other things need to be monitored as they go into workable IoT projects.
4. Not having a contingency plan
It is not uncommon to experience a glitch in the Internet of Things systems, occasionally. Before this happens, there must be a contingency plan in place to deal with these kinds of issues to prevent the business from a closing shop or causing a major disaster in your home and offices. This is why you need a contingency plan. For example, you might notice a security breach in the system, which must be dealt with quickly.
Besides, these devices malfunction all the time. A wiring in your coffee maker might function inappropriately. Or the coil in your fan may not be receiving electricity. However, major issues might occur, such as many pieces of equipment may be damaged by fluctuations in the flow of electricity. If you have a contingency plan to deal with it, you will be prepared for it. For example, you could schedule the services of a qualified technician to fix faulty equipment or devices in your homes or offices before they are damaged or broken. This is a good contingency plan.
Everybody knows the immense benefits that IoT provides to individuals and businesses. So, the system will be used extensively in the coming decades at homes, offices, public places and so on. But the only way it is going to work efficiently is if these common mistake discussed in this article are avoided. So it is mandatory to put proper security measures, implement a protocol to update the system, and have a monitoring system and contingency plan in place to prevent malfunctions and ensure the proper and efficient running of the IoT system. This way, you will benefit from the enormous benefits of IoT.