04.15.2016Enterprise Tech

Enterprise Technology Spotlight: IoT, energy & utilities, security

By: Grainne Colgan
A big week for IoT news

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be a hot topic in the news this week, as the State of the Market: Internet of Things 2016 report illustrates IoT penetration in a variety of industries and market sectors including energy and utilities, healthcare, retail and public sector.

Additionally, security expert Craig Shumard believes too many companies are taking a nonchalant attitude towards mobile security. Many see reports that malware threats for mobile devices are low and inaccurately assume that mobile security is a settled issue. In an increasingly mobile world, vigilance is necessary.

Here are our top stories from this week:

Smart meters on rise, big data on the horizon

Verizon’s Jay Olearain discusses the State of the Market: Internet of Things 2016 findings for the energy and utilities sector. This industry has seen a 58 percent year-over-year growth in IoT network connections driving by smart metering applications. (The Energy Times)

What is the government’s role in Internet of Things economy?

The US government’s request for input on the current and future landscape of IoT, by interested stakeholders, will help form a green paper to identify key issues around IoT deployment. The paper will highlight the benefits and challenges of the technology and possibly identify key roles for the federal government in developing IoT technologies with the private sector. (Federal Times)

Are some reading the Verizon breach report’s mobile section all wrong?

In this article, Craig Shumard, principal at Shumard and Associates, LLC, emphasizes the importance of mobile security and why it should not be ignored. Craig states “Verizon is right — mobile malware is not an enterprise’s top priority, but a mobile device is not a semi-secure piece of technology to be put in a drawer and worried about later. Verizon says it itself.” (Network Asia)