More than half the wireless LAN access points located in a drive-by test have no encryption, raising the possibility that data could be monitored or captured. Of the 1,137 wireless nets that were found in Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco, 57% were not encrypted, according to AirDefense Inc. (www.airdefense.net), a company specializing in WLAN security. In Atlanta, only 8% of all traffic was encrypted, though in the other cities most nets with high volume that might typify business usage did have encryption to hide information from others. So, we won't be surprised if the Atlanta courts fill up with corporate espionage cases.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.