The Internet of Things is changing the way we use traditionally unconnected items, and will continue to do so in the coming years. The research firm Gartner projects that by 2020, the number of connected IoT devices will reach 26 billion units. This does not include, PCs, smartphones or tablets, but rather wearables like watches or glasses or common household and office products. To put this number in perspective, in 2009 there were roughly 900 million connected IoT devices. While the emergence of this technology is helping businesses improve operational efficiency by streamlining data sharing practices, it is also raising security concerns.
According to Gartner, by 2017, more than 20 percent of enterprises will make investments to protect devices that use the Internet of Things. This will include an overall increase in security spending, but will be necessary as organizations increasingly rely on non-traditional communication devices to process and transmit sensitive information.
Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner, spoke to the growing importance of protecting IoT devices.
"In an IoT world, information is the 'fuel' that is used to change the physical state of environments through devices that are not general-purpose computers but, instead, devices and services that are designed for specific purposes," he said. "The IoT is a conspicuous inflection point for IT security — and the CISO will be on the front lines of its emerging and complex governance and management."
Changes in enterprise technology must always be managed with the utmost level of care and concern towards security. To capitalize on the IoT trend, businesses should work with MSPs and VARs to assist with their efforts. VAR Staffing can help those organizations find the talented professionals with their finger on the pulse of the technology market and understand how to effectively implement new technologies in a safe and secure manner.