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“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Everything connects to everything else – this idea remains as true today as it did back in da Vinci’s day. Especially when it comes to the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT). Given this connectivity, it’s become even more critical than ever to build a foundation of trust, security, and privacy, said ARM® CEO Simon Segars during his keynote talk on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at ARM TechCon.
Now is the time to get IoT right, said Segars, addressing a full ballroom at the Santa Clara Convention Center. “That opportunity is now, and we can’t let that slip away,” he emphasized.
What will it take to get IoT right?
According to Segars, there are three key things to consider:
“There’s no one company that can solve all these problems,” said Segars. “It’s only through continued collaboration that we will get these things right.”
Collaboration was another notable theme of Segars’ talk, appropriate given that the company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “It’s a fantastic milestone for this partnership,” he said. “The cooperation and collaboration have really enabled some fantastic technology. I think we’re only just getting started here. It’s an exciting time ahead of us.”
Expanding Ecosystems Essential to Enhanced Experiences
Looking back at the last century, consumer products ranging from the first Ford Model Ts to vacuum cleaners and DVD players became affordable as manufacturers optimized their supply chains and achieved economies of scale. Today, differentiation and improved functionality—results of innovation—are driving product adoption. And, the focus is on ecosystems. For example, you might not stop at buying only a game console, when peripherals can further enhance your gaming experience.
“We are heading toward an Internet of Connected Things,” noted Segars. “As we get there, the ecosystems that are expanding are going to become really, really important.”
Secure the Infrastructure, Adopt Common Standards
In the last half of his keynote, Segars assembled a panel of experts to further discuss ways to build trust in our connected world. Joining him on stage were Paul Beckwith, chief security officer of the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies; Coby Sella, VP of Products and Technology at ARM; and Balaji Yelamanchili, EVP/GM of Enterprise Security Business at Symantec.
The panelists emphasized the importance of both integrating security at the infrastructure level and of adopting common standards for connected devices. Beckwith noted that while it’s inevitable that there will be stumbles along the way, having common standards will make it easier for businesses to resolve these issues.
Said Sella, “When creating a new business or new technology, you have to analyze what are the risk factors you have to address. These risk factors can relate to privacy or assets like financial information. The way in which this needs to be addressed is by assessing the risk and creating a security architecture.”
Yelamanchili feels that we’re at the beginning of a potential wave of innovation, with opportunities that people haven’t yet considered. He noted, “That pace of innovation is a function of whether the consumers, businesses, and government trust what is happening. If that trust is questioned, that pace of innovation is going to be affected. We have to do our best to make sure security is not an afterthought, it is built in, it is intrinsic, and every partner in the ecosystem does their part.”
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