Internet of Overwhelming Things

What Does Internet of Overwhelming Things Mean?

The Internet of Overwhelming Things (IoOT) refers to the effects of the Internet of Things (IoT) on the IT world. The Internet of Things refers to the concept of a network of physical objects, including traditional home appliances or everyday gadgets/devices, that can connect to the global Internet.

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Techopedia Explains Internet of Overwhelming Things

Internet of Things allows physical objects or everyday gadgets/devices to be interconnected and hooked to the Internet. The extremely high volume of traffic caused by this, however, can easily overwhelm a network infrastructure, which can result in performance degradation or other security issues.

The term "Internet of Overwhelming Things" was coined as a reaction to the challenges posed by IoT and to the very serious threats of new kinds of cyberattacks that might target the newly connected — and sometimes more vulnerable — types of devices.

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