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That's kind of OK in a world where a device can have some downtime," says Thomson."But a car, a building, a city, a pipeline, a nuclear power facility can't tolerate downtime."It's going to be so cheap that vendors will put the chip in any device, even if the benefits are only very small.But those benefits won't be benefits to you, the consumer, they'll be benefits for the manufacturers because they want to collect analytics," says Hyppönen, speaking at Cloud Expo Europe.Billions more everyday items are set to be connected to the internet in the next few years, especially as chips get cheaper and cheaper to produce -- and crucially, small enough to fit into even the smallest product.Potentially, any standard household item could become connected to the internet, even if there's no reason for the manufacturers to do so.
Nobody's asking, 'does it have a firewall or intrusion prevention systems?
No matter the reason why things are being connected to the internet, Thomson agrees with Hyppönen about what the end goal is: data collection."The connectivity of those devices is impressive and important.
But what's more important is how that's coming to bare across various markets.
' Cybersecurity isn't a selling point for a washing machine, so why would manufacturers invest money in it? It might eventually be regulation which has to fix this problem; as Hyppönen points out, device safety is already regulated.
"When you buy a washing machine, it must not short circuit and catch fire, we regulate that.