Alan Zeichick: IoT at MWC: We need secure network infrastructure – not shiny rings – to keep us safe

Barcelona, Mobile World Congress 2016—IoT success isn’t about device features, like long-life batteries, factory-floor sensors and snazzy designer wristbands. The real power, the real value, of the IoT is in the data being transmitted from devices to remote servers, and from those remote servers back to the devices.

“Is it secret? Is it safe?” Gandalf asks Frodo in the “Lord of the Rings” movies about the seductive One Ring to Rule Them All. He knows that the One Ring is the ultimate IoT wearable: Sure, the wearer is uniquely invisible, but he's also vulnerable because the ring's communications can be tracked and hijacked by the malicious Nazgûl and their nation/state sponsor of terrorism.