In November, in a dive into what is driving enterprise interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) we found that, for the moment at least, enterprises are still wrestling with the problems the IoT poses rather than harvesting the benefits that it offers. There is nothing unusual in this given that the IoT is still a relatively new phenomena and there are considerable — and justified — security fears dominating enterprise strategies around the IoT.

“The pace of change has exceeded the rate of human capability to absorb — the cup is already full. In 2018, the real issue is how to increase the ability for people to understand the changes and their implications more clearly, and to take concrete actions to take advantage of the potential upside,” says Erick Dean, Product Director of IoT, at San Francisco-based Splunk.

As a result, he has security at the top of his list for IoT trends in 2018, but it’s not all that’s going to happen. In 2018, security for IoT will be under heavy scrutiny.

Cybersecurity risk will increase exponentially as people, processes and businesses continue to connect every part of people’s daily lives, as well as national economies. “We are looking into a future where attacks can be orchestrated not just from public networks, but from private devices such as a smartphones or a smart home,” he says.

His other predictions for 2018 go as follows: Industrial asset management, fleet management in transportation, inventory management and government security will be the hottest areas for IoT growth in 2018. With increasing connectivity between people, data and things, the public sector will begin embracing smart cities, where sensors and automation enhance the reliability of services, especially in the areas of safety and environment. Read more from…

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