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The Significance of IoT Testing

By CIOReview | Friday, June 14, 2019

FREMONT, CA – In this age of technology, almost every organization is adopting IoT technology to automate its operations and drive productivity. However, before implementing IoT technology, organizations need to recognize any threats to the IoT platforms and take necessary measures to prevent cyber threats. The designing and development of new products, especially electronics, involves several stages of testing to ensure seamless functioning. It includes regulatory and technical assessment, as well as user feedback in real time.

By 2021, the IoT market will likely lead to revenue of $520 billion. Hence, it is inevitable to address the flaws impeding the development of IoT. However, employing traditional testing methods is not practical in a competitive landscape. Therefore, it is necessary to implement testing in the earliest stages of development. It is especially crucial for IoT systems which undergo continuous integration. The testing process should include all the elements incorporated into the IoT system, including the hardware, software, and so on. Also, the companion applications should be thoroughly vetted for usability issues.

The level of vulnerability of IoT devices against cyberattacks plays a vital role in terms of digital security and data privacy. Lack of cybersecurity measures allows hackers to gain control of the IoT network and alter the data or processes. Hence, it is crucial for manufacturers to test the products before and after every firmware update.

Also, the fragmentized nature of IoT ecosystem makes the testing of the distinct elements that much more complicated. To resolve this problem, organizations have to adopt a robust testing group equipped with a variety of devices and platforms. It will allow cross-platform and cross-device testing, enabling higher compatibility between the channels.

IoT devices require continuous internet connectivity, without which it cannot function effectively. Organizations need to ensure the optimization of hardware and software to provide an uninterrupted connection. Also, the device should support essential functions even without an internet connection to retain its reliability.

The vital approach followed by most organizations during the general testing and troubleshooting of a product, including IoT, is ensuring shorter testing periods, faster time to market, and product reliability. Hence, implementing testing at the beginning of the development phase can enable the organizations to address the flaws early on, and bolster the IoT systems with the necessary security measures.