With the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) within the past few years, predictions range from between 28 billion to more than 50 billion connected devices by 2020. These days, nearly any device can be connected to the Internet, from cars, watches and baby monitors to light switches, clothing and even toothbrushes. All of these smart devices can make our lives easier and provide valuable data to optimize functionality and processes; however, they also open the door to increased security risks.
In a new video series, Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) explores three popular areas of the IoT revolution: the connected home, the connected car and connected gameplay. The videos provide a behind-the-scenes look at the important role the internet and networking technology play in these areas as well as how people can protect themselves from cyberattacks.
Watch the entire series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR-K5vvet5OS4RLtS25YRr7fgZu_3sFLx
With the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) within the past few years, predictions range from between 28 billion to more than 50 billion connected devices by 2020.
Around 87 percent of mainstream consumers don’t understand IoT, according to Accenture. If most consumers don’t understand the technology, they also don’t know how to connect and protect their devices. Dale Drew, chief security officer, leads a tour through his connected home, providing insight on the network technology that enables smart homes and advice for keeping it all secure.
Video link: https://youtu.be/udPNjvDiyrQ
Connected cars aren’t the future; they’re the present, and their popularity is growing at a rapid pace. In fact, global analysts are forecasting 250 million connected cars will be on the road by 2020. But what do we mean when we say a car is connected and what are the implications of those connections? Dave Siegel, vice president of product management, outlines some of the privacy and security concerns inherent to connect cars, and ways the network can solve for some of those issues.
Video link: https://youtu.be/pEUmbCJtN_c
More than one billion people play online video games across the globe – with 150 million playing video games regularly in the United States. How does the internet manage the high volume of gameplay without crashing? This video provides an in-depth look at the network technology behind connected gameplay, as well as how gamers can maintain their security while playing online.
Video link: https://youtu.be/qFFb3LL3z0k
Key Facts about Level 3:
- Level 3 monitors 1.3 billion security events, including mitigating more than 100 DDoS attacks, every day.
- With Level 3’s discovery of two IoT-compromising malware families with 1.5 million infected nodes between them, smart home devices are more vulnerable than ever to security breaches.
- Some of the largest global businesses – including 20 percent of Fortune 50 companies – rely on Level 3 for secure cloud networking solutions, from public cloud access to private cloud environments and hybrid clouds.
- Level 3 has one of the widest geographical coverages for all the key Cloud Service Providers, including AWS, Azure and Google, and offers 500 high-speed Ethernet interconnects (E-NNI) connected to more than 150 different cloud, exchange, application and off-net access partners around the world.
- Level 3’s content delivery network (CDN) provides services to eight of the top 10 gaming companies (by revenue).
- Level 3’s CDN includes nodes on six continents in nearly 100 major metro cities.