IoT spending to exceed $6bn by 2023

Juniper Research predicts 300% growth in internet of things investment in next five years

IoT growth will be driven by consumer and industry and public services, says Juniper.
IoT growth will be driven by consumer and industry and public services, says Juniper.

IoT spending will top $6bn by 2023, according to Juniper Research.

The analyst company expects growth of over 300% in internet of things spending in the next five years.

Growth will be driven by spending by product and service providers (in consumer markets) and end-customers (in industrial and public services markets) to rise nearly 300% over the forecast period.


Juniper's new research, The Internet of Things for Security Providers: Opportunities, Strategies & Forecasts 2018-2023, said that growing business risk and regulatory minimum standards would serve as key spending drivers.

There are major differences in the way in which IoT business risk is perceived and perceptions on how regulation should be applied, the company said. It cited the home as an example of where poor long-term device support and little fear of ramifications in case of a breach would serve to keep spending low.

"The interconnected nature of the IoT means that even innocuous devices like the connected fridge can become a threat. Vendors see that risk as low, while little has been done from a regulatory perspective to protect consumers", explained research author Steffen Sorrell.

As a result, Juniper forecasts that smart home IoT security spending would be less than 17% of the consumer market in 2023.

In contrast, the research identified glaring security issues in the smart energy market. However, it noted that strict minimum standards, such as those applied by Germany and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, would drive spending impetus, with IoT smart energy security spend reaching $1 billion annually in 2023.

The research forecasts that the rise of edge computing services to enable near-real-time IoT applications would present additional security challenges, which in turn will drive industry spend. It cited an increased attack surface as raising business risk. Meanwhile, the need to ensure data reliability would emphasise the need for lifecycle management and device security solutions.

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