The Future of Connected Devices

The final week of National Cybersecurity Month 2020: the future of connected devices. Learn about the benefits and challenges of the race to 5G.

The Future Will Be Faster

The technology we use and take for granted in our everyday lives is quite astonishing when you stop to think about it. A hundred years ago in 1920, electricity was only in urban areas, and the common household didn’t even have access to it. 

Tell someone who lived during that time period that in 2020 the race to the 5th generation of cellular connection was rising - how incredible to ponder. This 5G connection that is being built up and coming to more cities within the next few years is going to change the way organizations, businesses, and individuals work. 

The innovation behind 5G is to increase connectivity by allowing more devices to connect to a network with high speeds. This will reduce lag between the Internet of Things, getting data and information relayed faster than ever before. Not only will this then apply to all the smart devices in your home, but on a larger scale for healthcare information that could transform the way we take care of patients. 

This new speed will also help us detect when attacks occur, either physically or via technology. Reducing the time it takes for emergency responders to act in response can save lives. Also on the technology end, hackers can get stopped in their tracks almost as soon as an attack has begun. This innovative technology will create a stronger defense system for billions of people. Exciting news for both the individual or the business owner.  

With New Innovations Comes Unknown Consequences

With these advantages, the fast, widespread rise of 5G could raise some opportunities for hackers as well. Exploiting holes or unknown security issues will be the top priority of hackers. Getting access to billions of Internet of Things connected devices will create a great margin of risk when it comes to making the public switch to 5G. These threats are why it’s so important for businesses, organizations, and individuals to do their part to prevent cybersecurity threats and keep their data safe.

There has also been some pervasive misinformation circulating through concerned citizens and organizations on the physical disadvantages of new 5G networks. All of which have since been scientifically disproven.  The statement was published through a graph in 2000 which discussed how the higher the frequency, the more microwave absorption in brain tissue damage was found, implying that exposure would lead to brain cancer and ultimately death. This was refuted since his studies did not take into account how the human skin acts as a protective barrier which doesn’t allow these radio waves to absorb into the body’s organs, such as the brain. 

The crazy thing is how far and wide this misinformation spread, aided by the media and concerned parents. There has been an uncertainty and fear surrounding the next generation of cellular connection, so it is vital to stay well informed from reliable scientific sources.

The features 5G will unlock for the future of the world will soon be discovered. From streamlining hospital processes to streaming movies, 5G holds many possibilities for the average person. With more possibilities comes more responsibility.

Make sure to continue teaching and spreading cybersecurity awareness in your personal and professional life. Do your part. #BeCyberSmart.