The concept of the Internet of Things has been with us for quite some time now, albeit under different names.
IoT has been gaining a lot of awareness in recent years, being used in many industrial sectors, from factories to hospital operating rooms.
Due to the fulminatory expansion in knowledge in the past few years, the role of education has increased dramatically in our lives. Existing models of education involves dealing with different types of students with different learning abilities. It is required to be addressed in different ways.
IoT power smart education is being encouragedю It is harnessing the potential of different communication and information technologies to address the learning procedures of different students.
Through the Internet of Things, the quality of the learning process for students is significantly enhanced, by applying a system of continuous monitoring and analysis of a student’s activities.
This is done through a combination of several information sensing devices along with information processing platforms. It offers feedback about the different learning processes of students.
When it comes to education, the vast majority of today’s students are digital natives or tech savvy, finding it easier to adapt to a particular type of technology no matter how new it is.
However, because of security concerns in the exponentially growing IoT ecosystem, teachers have found themselves responsible for educating students on the issues of security in this closely connected system.
This is the opinion of technology experts, laid down at an event held in Fairfax, Virginia.
Security Concerns in the Internet of Things
Most analysts expect that the Internet of things will reach around 25 billion devices by the year 2021. It is generating an immense volume of user data.
Such devices are designed to improve the efficiency. It will ease of daily life for its users. It should also present some security and privacy concerns.
Tackling Security Concerns
The security concern raised by IoT devices. They cannot be addressed in the same way. For example, the concept of blacklisting devices for instance, is very impractical for implementation on IoT devices.
This is because of the very nature of IoT devices, which are “headless” or require no human intervention. They depend on their own judgments and take decisions accordingly when it comes to addressing or executing a particular command.
The newer generation of users are called digital natives. They can grasp the concept using new technology on their own.
Edna Conway is the chief security officer at Cisco Global Value Chain. She thinks it is also necessary for digital natives to understand how to prioritize risk to personal data. Moreover it is important to ask the relevant question when assessing the security, a device and its privacy.
According to Conway “Here’s the reality — we live in a world where things talk to other things at speeds beyond human comprehension”.
These issues can be addressed effectively by developing curriculum. It focuses on evaluating connected devices. It comes to their trust, identity, protection, privacy, and security.
This will allow educators to be sure that their student’s interaction with IoT devices remains safe and secure.
Conway further added “I think academia needs to bring to the table how to ask the right questions, if the user is then unable to establish trust and security, they need to think to reconsider using that device”.
However, this does not mean that the responsibilities of creating a secure environment of connected devices. It falls solely on the teacher’s shoulders.
Navigating a digital ecosystem requires each and every party’s participation and perspective to make the system work. This includes academics, policy experts, lawyers, technicians and other experts from organizations falling under the education industry and government.
The implementation of IoT devices in schools and other educational institutes via smart digital boards, educational apps, interactive learning modules, and other related devices, would have immense benefits to the educational system by inspiring smarter lesson plans and enhancing access to information.
However, this will not be successful without the proper security measures in place.
Experts, like Conway, believe that the growing demand for trust, security and privacy from consumers, as well as a strong commitment from enterprise and governmental sectors, would ultimately usher in significantly safer and a more secure “internet of things” .