The Internet of Things (IoT) describes a world of internet-connected devices, from aircraft to fridges, and including cars and medical apparatus. The theory is that an aeroplane will be able to detect a fault in its engine mid-flight and automatically radio ahead to order spare parts without human involvement. A fridge will be able to detect when it is low on milk and order more while the householder sleeps. A person will be forewarned of an imminent heart attack by their smartphone without an examination from a doctor.
British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Equifax: the list of companies who have faced a cyberattack is long and growing longer. The Ponemon Institute quantified the costs of these data breaches at a global average of $3.86m per incident in 2018. A discussion on cybersecurity trends for 2019 with Check Point says next year will be another year of hard-hitting cybersecurity attacks and breaches.