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10 IoT Predictions For 2018

Here are the biggest predictions from vendors and solution providers for the Internet of Things market in 2018.

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Operational Technology Security Will Be A Top Focus – And Risk

As IoT solutions become more popular in the manufacturing segment, the security risks will also rise – and that issue will become a critical challenge for customers in 2018.

Customers in the industrial segment – including manufacturers – will become increasingly concerned with the security of their industrial control systems, SCADA systems, and operational technology as they are connected to the network. For solution providers, however, this will introduce new opportunities to utilize their security expertise.

"When I think about the risks for IoT, the risks are centered around operational technology types of systems," said Jon Connet, Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at Forescout. "The reason for that is that there's so much value tied into these systems, but they were never designed to be connected. When you look at the WannaCry and Petya malware attacks, these had a material impact on OT systems to the point where large multinational companies were materially impacted."

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