The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most talked-about technological innovations of the moment.
With everyday items set to become increasingly connected, businesses will have access to greater levels of data than ever before. However, Gartner has warned that security will be key to making the most of the IoT.
In a new report, the research organisation said managing identities and access will be critical in this space.
Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner, stated: “Identity and access management (IAM) leaders must reconsider how traditional approaches to cybersecurity and IAM work in a world where devices and services are so abundant, in so many different forms and positioned at so many different points within the IT ecosystem.”
Mr Perkins said existing approaches to data and policy planning provide IAM leaders and technology service providers with a view that is too “narrow” and “static”.
He argued that the concept of “dynamic relationships” will become key to IoT security and the development of an Identity of Things, which will help to ensure data remains protected in the connected environment.
Gartner has previously predicted the IoT will lead to a “data explosion”, with nearly five billion connected items in operation by the end of this year.
A strong security market is expected to develop alongside this, with Beecham Research recently forecasting these services will generate revenue of $1.8 billion (£1.18 billion) by 2020.
With so many predictions being made about the IoT’s bright future, it’s important that businesses prepare now and develop strong data recovery measures and security protocols.
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