Smart doorbells, kitchen appliances, and fitness machines are already ubiquitous. It’s just a matter of time, Beloussov believes, before all of the devices in your home and workplace are collecting and broadcasting data over the internet.
“Every device around us will be smart,” he says, adding that some implications of that fact are disturbing.
“These devices actually know a lot of information,” Beloussov notes. “A [smart] vacuum cleaner makes a full map of your house, and most of those devices have cameras. They can actually see everything.”
They can also share it with anyone. “There’s an invasion of Chinese vacuum cleaners, because a lot of them are Chinese,” Beloussov notes with a chuckle. “Why do you trust the vacuum cleaner?”
Or for that matter the company that made the vacuum cleaner. Most of us rely on smart device makers to secure their products. “It’s not really a good assumption that the vendors of vacuum cleaners will think very much about the security of vacuum cleaners,” Beloussov warns.
At the moment, he continues, most people are ignoring such dangers. “They think, ‘let’s not think about it.’” Beloussov is thinking about it, though, and here too he sees an opportunity for Acronis.
“Smart devices are a big challenge and we’re going to work on addressing this challenge,” he says.
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