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Report highlights challenges faced as IoT continues to explode

With both Dell and Microsoft making waves in the IoT space, a report from Spiceworks highlights some of the perceived challenges on the near horizon

The vast majority of IT pros in EMEA believe the IoT creates security and privacy issues in the workplace, according to a new report.

The Spiceworks IoT report surveyed 440 IT professionals across North America and EMEA. When asked what threats IoT posed, 77% of respondents said that the increased number of entry points into the network was the single biggest challenge. This was followed by 70%, who said IoT manufacturers were not implementing sufficient security measures.

IoT security is the next great frontier. Earlier this week, Gartner predicted that by 2020, more than 25% of identified attacks in enterprises would involve IoT.

The analyst house estimated that worldwide spending on IoT security would reach $348m (£241.6m) in 2016, representing a 23.7% increase from 2015 spending.

"The market for IoT security products is currently small but it is growing as both consumers and businesses start using connected devices in ever greater numbers," said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. "Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30% from 2015, and will reach 11.4 billion by 2018."

The reports follow a flurry of activity in the enterprise IoT space. Just a few days ago, Dell  announced the launch of its IoT Solutions Partner Programme.

The programme builds an ecosystem of partners to help customers navigate the fragmented IoT landscape and identify the right technologies to develop their IoT solutions.

The programme launches with more than 25 heavyweight partners including GE, SAP, Software AG, Microsoft and OSIsoft.

“Dell believes that opportunities increase when you help others win,” said Andy Rhodes, executive director, Commercial IoT Solutions, Dell. “We are passionate about collaborating with this strong group of companies and believe ISVs are critical in building the bridge between the exciting industry potential of IoT and profitable market reality.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft has been making noise over its recent Azure IoT advancements.

At Hannover Messe, the manufacturing technology conference, currently underway in Germany, Microsoft announced that it plans to release a public preview of two new offerings: Azure IoT Hub device management and the Azure IoT Gateway SDK.

"Our highly requested Azure IoT Hub device management provides a standards-based approach for administrators to maintain fine-grained control over the enrollment, configuration, update and monitoring of millions of devices," said Sam George, director of Microsoft Azure IoT.

“The Azure IoT Gateway SDK provides even more control over the solution edge by allowing developers and ISVs to build and deploy code to integrate legacy devices or incorporate new business logic and workflows for handling data as soon as it’s collected from the device.”

Despite the flurry of activity in the vendor space, the findings from Spiceworks' suggest that end users are skeptical when it comes to the security ramifications. One of the respondents of the survey commented: "The scariest thing about IoT is the collective ignorance and unwillingness by manufacturers to implement good enough security on their iot devices.”

The full report can be downloaded here.




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