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Increasing need for device management security pushes IoT security services

IoT is currently experiencing an increased demand in security services focused primarily around secure device management, network security, secure data hosting, over-the-air device management, and firmware updates will push IoT security services to US$16.8 billion by 2026, according to new research by global tech market advisory firm ABI Research.

“The fervent expansion of IoT communications and interconnected assets has become a rather attractive target for cyberattacks, which have been increasing in intensity and sophistication with each passing year. Additionally, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic IoT connectivity, digitization and automation demands have risen sharply for most end-markets while digital security services struggled to maintain IoT operations under overburdened IT infrastructures for Operational Technologies (OT) assets,” explains Dimitrios Pavlakis, Digital Security Analyst at ABI Research. These realizations alone did not sway the perspective of many IoT players who still chose to forego security across a wide range of IoT applications, mainly industrial, infrastructure, healthcare and other OT-heavy markets.

What did work in favor of the security ecosystem, however, is that organizations honing their IoT monetization strategies have finally started to acknowledge digital security as an integral part of a healthy ROI over time and reliable management of IoT assets. “The lackluster state of digital security in IoT is not a new thing and we certainly have a long way to go before reaching a sufficiently optimized ecosystem,” says Pavlakis.  “But having asset management, security investments and IoT monetization strategies as part of the same equation is certainly a most welcome change. Service providers for both cloud and on-prem deployments should take heed, adapt and greatly expand their service portfolio in order to better serve their clients.”

IoT security offerings across device, network, application and data services all feature unique scalable, albeit variable, traits which differ across end-markets. Cloud and communication security, secure device provisioning and management, secure data hosting and storage, secure OTA (over-the-air) management and firmware updates are among the key applications that are expected to receive a significant revenue boost over the next five years. “Developing new IoT security monetization features, accommodating flexible and scalable pricing models, and formulating future-looking KPIs should be some of the top strategic priorities for IoT security vendors,” Pavlakis recommends.

With cloud computing still being one of the most dominant factors in IoT security, leaving cloud powerhouses like Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud and intelligence-focused vendors like IBM and Cisco to attract the market spotlight. However, IoT security has allowed other innovative vendors like Cipher, ControlScan, Alert Logic to enable the transition of IT security tools into the IoT and attract increased attention.

These findings are from ABI Research’s Security Services for the IoT application analysis report. This report is part of the company’s Digital Security research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights. Based on extensive primary interviews, Application Analysis reports present in-depth analysis on key market trends and factors for a specific technology.
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