IoT security spending to spike above $1.5 billion next year

The market for IoT security products is set to grow sharply, as the general IoT market becomes ever more ubiquitous, according to a report released this month by Gartner Research. While there are numerous drivers behind the increased demand for IoT security, a growing sense that regulatory compliance will shortly become an issue is one of the most pressing.

The report lists security as the top barrier to success for IoT initiatives, according to a survey on IoT adoption conducted by Gartner. A big part of the problem, the report said, is that businesses often don’t have full control over which devices and software are being used at each level of a given IoT project.

This means that organizations will need a far greater degree of visibility into their networks than might previously have been strictly necessary, according to Gartner research director Ruggero Contu.

“We expect to see demand for tools and services aimed at improving discovery and asset management, software and hardware security assessment, and penetration testing,” he said in a statement. “In addition, organizations will look to increase their understanding of the implications of externalizing network connectivity.”