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7 Trends and Challenges That are Impacting the Internet of Things

While offering vast amounts of business potential, the IoT also comes with many types of threats. For example, have you ever heard of "denial of sleep" attacks? For those that haven't, this is where hackers drain your devices by keeping them awake and functioning, meaning you have a dead battery. This can cause numerous issues and this is just one of a list of trends affecting the Internet of Things (IoT).

Gartner, a market research firm has confirmed the dangerous and scary truth of these attacks. Their VP, Nick Jones pointed out the scarcity of IoT security pros in existence and lack of organized security solutions.

Attackers and their threats will evolve, becoming harder to resolve, so long-lived devices must have hardware and software that can be regularly updated to adapt to the changing types of attacks.

With the internet of things increasingly playing a dominant role in business transformations, IT teams in every industry and of every size needs to be ready for the challenges ahead.

Here's a recent report from Gartner that highlights the most important things IT teams should keep their eyes open for over the next two to three years.

Security

Drained batteries will not be the only threat to IoT, but also devices, connected systems, operating software, and any piece connected for communication are at risk.

Technology will need to evolve to keep up with the changing threats and attacks on IoT devices. Both the information and the physical devices are at risk, thus security technologies need to be vigilant and adaptable.

One big hurdle will be how to support complex security strategies on devices with simple designs and components?

Suggested Reading:"5 Major Cybersecurity Trends You Should be Prepared for in 2016"

Analytics

With the expansion of IoT, a new and changing view on analytics is needed. Updated analytic software will be necessary to keep up with rapid increases in data amounts.

Device Management

If you own an iPhone you know software updates are fairly common. Firmware and software updates will absolutely be necessary for physical devices.

Low-Power, Short-Range IoT Networks

Short-range networks linking IT devices will be intricate and complex rather than a common piece of hardware or infrastructure to join devices.

Low-Power, Wide-Area Networks 

Solutions will evolve from proprietary to a common standard to optimize functionality for devices and applications.

The end goal is currently to deliver fast nationwide data coverage with low hardware costs and batteries with extensive life. Current solutions might be all over the map, but standards will come to dominate IoT eventually.

Platforms

Eventually we'll start to see complete IoT systems that will finally include all of the different infrastructure pieces needed to support the internet of things.

These "all-in-one" products will be broken down by the services they provide:

  • Low-Level Device Control and Operations (communications, device management, security)
  • Data Aquisition and Management
  • Application Development (programming, visualization, analytics and integrations to connect to other business systems)

Standards and Ecosystems

 As IoT devices thrive, new systems will be built, and there will be competition between them that dominate different markets, whether it's in the home, cities, businesses, manufacturing etc.

Companies generating products will need to create variations to support multiple standards or systems and be equipped to modernize and update products during their lifetime as requirements and necessities adapt in the industry.

The internet of things offers unbelievable potential for every business, and anticipating, overcoming and adapting to these various trends and challenges will be mandatory for success.

If you have any questions about how to design and implement the right system to fully support the internet of things please contact us here to schedule a free consultation.

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Jillian Mourning

Jillian Mourning

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