5 big issues facing your IoT project

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If you’re a CIO who has managed IT for a while, you’ve probably developed your own methodologies for working with the assets and tools of your business. But as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes part of your enterprise, you could be caught off guard by the differences between the IT you’re accustomed to and the deluge of IoT devices and the data they gather and produce.

Here are five issues to monitor as your company adapts to this new era:

1. Security

Defending a server from cyberattacks is a complex, ongoing task. Generally, a limited—and usually manageable—number of entry points must be protected. But as IoT devices connect to your network and contribute to the stream of inbound data, the number of potential sources of intrusion is exploding. Fortunately, security platforms are being developed to cope with such issues.

Initially, solutions are being created for specific industries and their devices. Eventually, overarching security standards will emerge. Until they do, it’s up to you to build defenses to protect your company.

2. Data

Big data will become even bigger thanks to the information gathered and produced by IoT devices. If you’re accustomed to working with large data stores, decisions related to this data will become even more complex. You’ll need to pinpoint what data needs to be retained for what period of time, and what data should be immediately leveraged before its usefulness expires.

3. Customer privacy

A significant percentage of IoT-connected devices will be consumer products. Some of these IoT-enabled devices will collect and anonymously report data that companies can use to help improve products and design future enhancements. Other data from lifestyle and home-management IoT devices will be collected along with personal information that can identify device owners.

Regardless of how the data will be used and the amount of personally identifiable information that comes with it, you’ll need to treat it all as if it is sensitive. A single data breach can reveal information about every customer with whom you’ve done business.

4. Storage management

As IoT data accumulates, tiered retention practices will take on new importance. Data is likely to be moved more quickly from near real-time retrieval to offline storage. This will happen in part because much of the data from IoT devices will be processed quickly, while the use of other data may not have been defined at the time of capture. That data will need to be held until it is needed or its purpose identified.

5. Analytics

Inbound data needs real-time analysis, as well as mass analysis. You must understand your current capabilities and project how you may be able to leverage the data collected from IoT devices in the future.

Making the best use of IoT devices and the data they produce is a challenge that you and your company will face with increasing frequency and urgency. Prepare by considering these important issues before they become too big to handle.

You can read more about these and other challenges IoT poses for your company in the AT&T report “What you need to know about IoT.”

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Scott Koegler is a technology journalist with a specialization on the intersection of business and technology. All opinions are his own. AT&T has sponsored this blog post.