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Enterprise IoT Summit to showcase trends including security

New Gartner report calls lists IoT technologies ‘that should be on every organization’s radar’ including security

In a new report, Gartner Inc., an IT research and advisory firm, identifies 10 internet of things technologies it expects to broadly impact businesses in 2017 and 2018. Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst Nick Jones said, “The IoT demands an extensive range of new technologies and skills that many organizations have yet to master. A recurring theme in the IoT space is the immaturity of technologies and services and of the vendors providing them. Architecting for this immaturity and managing the risk it creates will be a key challenge for organizations exploiting the IoT. In many technology areas, lack of skills will also pose significant challenges.”

At the top of Gartner’s list is security, which was a major theme at Mobile World Congress 2017. Per Gartner, security challenges range from physical devices to platforms and operating systems. “Experienced IoT security specialists are scarce, and security solutions are currently fragmented and involve multiple vendors,” Jones said. “New threats will emerge through 2021 as hackers find new ways to attack IoT devices and protocols, so long-lived “things” may need updatable hardware and software to adapt during their life span.”

Click here to hear from AT&T SVP of IoT Chris Penrose on the company’s approach to securing all the new network endpoints. Penrose called security, “the No. 1 thing people are concerned about. We take a multilayer approach to security. We really kind of look at it at the device layer – what do we need to be doing to the device itself to secure that device. Then we look at the network layer – what do we need to be doing when data is in transit, then we look at it at the application layer. What’s unique also for AT&T is we have these networks that go all over the world and we can actually see a lot of the bad actors and threats happening before it might even be realized on the other end. Our ability to bring threat detection and to potentially alert you to a threat that we’re seeing or to even take action based upon the threat we’re seeing and/or protect other similarly situated customers. On top of that we’ve even introduced an IoT security consultancy practice where we will bring out security experts to look at the solution you’re looking to deploy and make sure we’ve pressure tested it end to end. It’s always going to be a continuous challenge to stay in front of it.”

Security will be front and center at the upcoming Enterprise IoT Summit, hosted by RCR Wireless News and Enterprise IoT Insights. In a day one panel discussion titled “Securing the enterprise for the IoT,” Steve Brumer, partner at 151 Advisors, will lead a discussion including Praetorian VP Paul Jauregui, Jon Clay, Trend Micro senior global marketing manager, technology and threat marketing, and Shane Rooney, GMSA IoT Executive Director for the Connected Living Program. On day two, Gemalto board member and president of Acknowledge, a consultancy firm, Homaira Akbari will moderate a panel focused on “Achieving data integrity and security.” Panelists include John Allen, senior solution architect, Service Provider Business Development, F5, Capitol Corridor Joint Power Authority Manager of Planning Jim Allison, and Brent Messer, CIO of the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

To learn more about how enterprise and industrial IoT solutions are driving digital transformation in the power management, smart city and other important vertical markets, join RCR Wireless News and Enterprise IoT Insights in Austin, Texas, March 28 and 29 for the Enterprise IoT Summit.


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