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11 Ways IT Professionals Can Make Sense of IoT Data

IoT devices are entering the workplace in all shapes and sizes, from workers wearing smartwatches to industrial sensors such as soil monitors. The data pouring in may be so overwhelming it's unclear what should be done with it, why, and what the risks might be. Here are a few ways to navigate the maze.
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IoT data being used for a legitimate business purpose could, nonetheless, compromise private information. 
'Companies often don't realize how personal the data a connected device might be collecting really is. What may seem like lots of temperature readings on a connected thermostat could potentially reveal when people are home, for example. If this data is combined with [personally identifiable information], it can be both extremely valuable and extremely dangerous,' said Calum Barnes, senior manager, IoT Products and Solutions at IoT platform provider Xively by LogMeIn, in an interview. 'Companies should focus not just on protecting data from data breaches but also ensure their terms and agreements and privacy policies are in line with how the data will be used.' 
(Image: Vlynn via Pixabay)

Beware Of Potential Correlations

IoT data being used for a legitimate business purpose could, nonetheless, compromise private information.

"Companies often don't realize how personal the data a connected device might be collecting really is. What may seem like lots of temperature readings on a connected thermostat could potentially reveal when people are home, for example. If this data is combined with [personally identifiable information], it can be both extremely valuable and extremely dangerous," said Calum Barnes, senior manager, IoT Products and Solutions at IoT platform provider Xively by LogMeIn, in an interview. "Companies should focus not just on protecting data from data breaches but also ensure their terms and agreements and privacy policies are in line with how the data will be used."

(Image: Vlynn via Pixabay)

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