The data security landscape is scary enough as it is, and things are about to get much more intimidating for businesses. The emerging Internet of Things (IoT), in which countless objects will be connected via sensors and the Internet, is creating new opportunities for hackers and other bad actors to exploit systems and steal data or otherwise wreak havoc.
Among the key enablers of the IoT are the application programming interfaces (APIs) that will help connect devices, assets, products and other “things” to the Internet. And APIs present their own set of security vulnerabilities that organizations need to address to keep their own IoT environments as secure as possible.
This is no small task when you consider the projected scope of the IoT. Research firm Gartner Inc. in November 2015 estimated that some 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30% from 2015. This year 5.5 million new things will get connected every day, Gartner says, and the total number of connected things is predicted to reach 20.8 billion by 2020.
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