Securing the Unknown: Eliminating Threats in Enterprise IoT

It’s no longer a buzzword; rather, it’s a thing. An avenue in which the world will operate going forward as technology further infiltrates both business and everyday life.

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the hottest topic in IT and will only get hotter as the decade wears on. Research firms believe connected objects – the foundation of the network that encompasses IoT – could reach anywhere between 20 and 50 billion devices globally by decade’s end.

The most important piece of the IoT puzzle, however, isn’t the device, the technology inside the equipment, or even the network in which these things will be communicating with each other. With that number of devices helping humans manage daily life and, in the enterprise, progress workflow for better efficiency, security to encapsulate each endpoint is paramount. Without it, entire virtual infrastructures are primed to be compromised.

Securing IoT is just one of many topics being focused on at the Enterprise Mobility Exchange: Security West event to be held in Phoenix, Arizona on April 24 and 25. Dozens of CIOs, CISOs, Directors, VPs, and Managers of IT will be on hand to network, benchmark, and meet with solution providers in the enterprise mobility security space. Find out more here.


Research firm Gartner projected a total of $348 billion would be spent on IoT security spending in the enterprise in 2016, a 23.7% increase over the year prior. Predictions showed an expected 24.6% increase from 2016 to 2017, and 2018’s figure ballooning to more than half a trillion dollars at $547.2 billion.

Gartner also predicted that by 2020, more than a quarter of attacks in the enterprise will involve Internet of Things, while IoT security budgets won’t account for more than 10 percent of total IT spend.

As IoT and connected devices take over enterprise mobility, securing each layer is a necessity. In fact, with that many threat vectors available, there can never be too much security. In addition, there will always be a human component, which can usurp any progress made through technology. The “connected” aspect of IoT poses myriad challenges, as it doesn’t just impact devices, but incorporates networks, platforms, applications, data processing and storage.

So how is your enterprise going to guard its most coveted assets? Securing everything from devices to servers and the network in between will be paramount in keeping the business safe.

Check out more on how to secure IoT in the enterprise with a deeper look at the Enterprise Mobility Exchange: Security West event website here