In decades to come, homes will get considerably "smarter," with control of more of today's common functions being outsourced to the Internet and often managed remotely — the promise of the so-called Internet of Things.
But, like almost everything in today's hyperconnected world, there will be trade-offs — the biggest one the potential threat from hackers and other malicious actors.
"If the Internet of Things (IoT) were being built without security in mind, literally billions of lives in the future would be at risk and literally, billions and billions, trillions and trillions of dollars," said IDC Research vice president Shane Rau. "Security has to be in it from the start, otherwise the stories we hear about Target being broken into and credit cards being stolen will get more fundamental."
So, for Intel, this becomes an opportunity.
"More and more, you're going to see a cross over between cyberthreat, and physical, and that's what concerns me the most," said Christopher Young, Intel Security Group senior vice president and general manager.
"Imagine 50 billion devices connecting up to the Internet over the next few years — each of those increases the surface area for attack. In the home, it's really no different," said Eric Free, vice president and general manager of Intel's Smart Homes and Buildings.