The Internet of Things is a security nightmare waiting to happen.
Part of the challenge is scale. By 2020, predicts Cisco, 50 billion different objects will be connected to the Internet, creating an Internet of Things market worth $19 trillion.
But at what cost? Indeed, the problem with the impending "thingularity" -- as some technology pundits describe the current rush to connect everything to the Internet -- is that we lack a way to keep billions of consumer devices updated with the latest security patches or firmware.
Is this the next big security threat?
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— Mathew Schwartz is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer, as well the InformationWeek information security reporter.