The Internet of Things (IoT) connects the physical world with the digital world. It is the intersection of economics, technology, and social imperatives. The Internet of Things is always a topic of conversation in industrial conferences, but the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland put a lot of emphasis on the topic. The word Superpowers is taking on a whole new meaning on the world economic stage. Superpowers are not just the nations that exert influence on global issues. Superpowers are now the technological superpowers like mobile technology, artificial intelligence, the cloud, and the IoT imperative.
There were several panel discussions about cybersecurity as well as corporate priorities at the Davos conference. A recent estimate claims industrial IoT will add $14 trillion in economic value to the world’s economy by the year 2030. But the cybersecurity piece of the IoT imperative is the piece that got a great deal of attention at the Davos Forum. In the 1950s, a single industrial control system breach would impact a single plant. A single breach today will create global ramifications.
The Davos conference was the perfect setting to discuss not just the advantages of using the Internet of Things, but it also was the backdrop for discussing system vulnerabilities. And the potential for some of those vulnerabilities to become weapons. Standards for cybersecurity must be in place. And insurance companies must play a role in that security in order to create a culture of cybersecurity, according to members of the Davos Forum.