How the IoT is Changing the Face of IT

After much anticipation, Australia’s IoT has finally been launched by Telstra.

The network which reaches 99 per cent of Australians is expected to bring up to $116 billion to the Australian economy by 2025, according to a Communications Alliance Internet of Things Think Tank report.

Much of this $116 billion will be through the creation of new jobs; however, according to the same report, there will be over 100,000 unfilled IT jobs by the year 2020 due to a lack of qualified individuals. This highlights the need for IT professionals to constantly stay up to date with technological advancements and more importantly, their skills and certifications.

Jobs within security, IP address automation and network monitoring and management have all been highlighted as key jobs in an IoT-centric Australia, while according to TechCrunch, ‘many of these opportunities are new enough that they don’t even have titles yet’.

While the IoT has been described as ‘the single biggest technical innovation opportunity to hit the world in decades’ because of its ability to enable positive advancements in almost all aspects of our lives, there are also some drawbacks of having 99% of devices connected to the internet. CEO of Everything IOT, Eitan Bienstock explains that one of these downsides is because items are made so cheaply and quickly, security is often overlooked.

He says ‘the major hacks in the last year or two were through IoT devices’ such as toys fridges and even fish tanks—Yes, you did just read ‘hacked’ and ‘fish tank’ in the same sentence! Earlier this year a North American casino was hacked through a fish tank whose sensors were connected to a computer. These sensors, which regulated temperature and cleanliness, were used to access other parts of the network and send over 10GB of data to the hacker.

So far, in Australia there have not been any major hacks like this; however, it is inevitable with everything from kettles to pacemakers being connected to the internet; security not being a priority when creating these devices; organisations being unprepared for more users and internet enabled devices; and a shortage of individuals equipped with the skills required to work in an IoT driven industry.

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