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Top 10 Internet of Things Technologies for 2017 and 2018

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IoT Security

The IoT introduces a wide range of new security risks and challenges to the IoT devices themselves, their platforms and operating systems, their communications, and even the systems to which they're connected. Security technologies will be required to protect IoT devices and platforms from both information attacks and physical tampering, to encrypt their communications, and to address new challenges such as impersonating "things" or denial-of-sleep attacks that drain batteries. IoT security will be complicated by the fact that many "things" use simple processors and operating systems that may not support sophisticated security approaches.

"Experienced IoT security specialists are scarce, and security solutions are currently fragmented and involve multiple vendors," said Mr. Jones. "New threats will emerge through 2021 as hackers find new ways to attack IoT devices and protocols, so long-lived 'things' may need updatable hardware and software to adapt during their life span."

While still in its infancy, the Internet of Things (IoT) has a full head of steam and shows no sign of slowing any time soon. From data center monitoring to HVAC and building maintenance to supply chain management and home automation, the connectivity and tracking possibilities are endless. Given the massive amounts of data that IoT will be adding to an already overloaded data stream, organizations will need to ensure they are well positioned to manage the very broad impact IoT will have on business strategy, risk management, as well as a wide range of technical areas like architecture and network design.

"The IoT demands an extensive range of new technologies and skills that many organizations have yet to master," said Nick Jones, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "A recurring theme in the IoT space is the immaturity of technologies and services and of the vendors providing them. Architecting for this immaturity and managing the risk it creates will be a key challenge for organizations exploiting the IoT. In many technology areas, lack of skills will also pose significant challenges."

This slideshow features the top 10 IoT technologies Gartner has identified that should be on every organization's radar for 2017 and 2018.

 

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