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Security and Privacy Biggest Fears as IoT Emerges

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According to a new survey, IT professionals approach the Internet of Things (IoT) more concerned about security rise of cyberattacks (44 percent) and privacy (28 percent) than any other issues related to the emerging new computing environment. No other issue polled received more than a nine percent response.

The online poll by CompuCom, a leading technology infrastructure services company, collected responses from 431 IT pros across multiple industries from February 2 - March 27, 2015.

Industry research firm IDC projects the IoT market to grow from $4.8 trillion in 2012 to $8.9 trillion in 2020, with 212 billion connected, autonomous "things." Buildings, cities, infrastructure, platforms, apps, analytics and professional services all will be connected in the new frontier of information and communications.

Respondents to the poll were asked, "As an IT professional, what is your biggest concern about the Internet of Things (IoT)?"

  • Security/rise in cyberattacks - 44%
  • Privacy/exposure of personal information - 28%
  • Consumer resistance/fear of "Big Brother" - 5%
  • Implementation costs - 4%
  • Technology/interoperability obstacles - 5%
  • How to leverage IoT data - 5%
  • Organizational readiness to commit/invest - 9%

According to CompuCom's Chief Technology Officer Sam Gross, "IT professionals have pretty much figured out security at the traditional end-point. IoT accentuates a new set of security concerns that span securing the device, the edge network and the new classes of data that will be collected. How we rethink security standards has driven innovation into the marketplace that will benefit us all."

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