The Demand for Security to Protect the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is being driven by mobile and cloud technologies, and the demand for social media and information – presenting new challenges for IT.

22 September 2014


With the looming perils of cyber-attacks and data breaches, it’s no surprise that organizations continue to dedicate more and more resources toward information security and risk management. And now, companies are heavily investing in securing the “Internet of Things (IoT),” too. The role of IoT devices in business today is pushing enterprises to secure these devices – yet another hurdle to the generally exciting prospect of a completely networked world.

In fact, Gartner predicts that by the end of 2017, more than 20 percent of enterprises will have digital security services to protect business initiatives that rely on devices and services in IoT. Additionally, Gartner noted that the installed base of "things" will increase to 26 billion units in 2020 – up from less than one billion units in 2009.

Shape of Things to Come

The IoT is being driven by mobile and cloud technologies, and the demand for social media and information. It presents new challenges for IT and information security managers around the “type, scale and complexity of the technologies and services,” as Gartner stated.

The elements of securing IoT are compound: most of the individual parts are driven by explicit use cases across various business types. Head IT and security officers must balance physical security, cloud and mobile architectures with control. Many executives have started modifying their security tactics and responsibilities to meet these demands, and comply with complex regulatory and governance requirements.

Sad to say, there is no clear framework for securing IoT devices for all use-cases. Nevertheless, security should be part of every enterprise’s DNA. You can develop a plan that incorporates all of your security needs (including IoT) to reduce risks, gain more control over your information, and protect your data.

Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish is the Senior Manager of Social Media at Intralinks. She is responsible for social media strategy development and the communications for Intralinks' online communities. Meagan has been creating social media strategies for a variety of companies across verticals for the past several years. She holds Bachelor degrees in Marketing and Finance, with a minor in English Literature.