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IoT cyber-security spend to rise by 300%

Spending on Internet of Things cyber-security solutions is set to reach over $6 billion globally by 2023

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There are major differences in the way IoT risk is perceived, said Juniper
There are major differences in the way IoT risk is perceived, said Juniper

Spending on Internet of Things (IoT) cyber-security solutions is set to reach over $6 billion globally by 2023, according to a new report, with regulatory minimum standards and business risk as key drivers.

 

The Internet of Things for Security providers: Opportunities, Strategies & Forecasts 2018-2023 by Juniper Research, highlights rapid growth, with spending by product and service providers (in consumer markets) and end-customers (in industrial and public services markets) to rise nearly 300 per cent over the forecast period.


Juniper, which provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, claimed that there are major differences in the way in which IoT business risk is perceived and perceptions on how regulation should be applied. It cited the home as an example of where poor long-term device support and little fear of ramifications in case of a breach would serve to keep spending low.

“The interconnected nature of the IoT means that even innocuous devices like the connected fridge can become a threat. Vendors see that risk as low, while little has been done from a regulatory perspective to protect consumers,” explained research author Steffen Sorrell.

As a result, Juniper forecasts that smart home IoT security spending would be less than 17 per cent of the consumer market in 2023.

In contrast, the research identified glaring security issues in the smart energy market. However, it noted that strict minimum standards, such as those applied by Germany and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, would drive spending impetus, with IoT smart energy security spend reaching $1 billion annually in 2023.

 

The research forecasts that the rise of edge computing services to enable near-real-time IoT applications would present additional security challenges, which in turn will drive industry spend. It cited an increased attack surface as raising business risk. Meanwhile, the need to ensure data reliability would emphasise the need for lifecycle management and device security solutions.

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