Gartner Research

Preserve Privacy When Initiating Your IoT Strategy

Published: 13 March 2017

ID: G00317400

Analyst(s): David Mahdi , Bart Willemsen


IoT devices generate an unprecedented amount of data, which often includes sensitive personal data. Security and risk management leaders focusing on IoT will need to harness the information gathered for responsible use and distinguish between consumer and business risk.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Organizations are embarking on a wide variety of IoT projects, many of which will involve the collection and analysis of (sensitive) personal data — subject to privacy requirements about which security and risk management leaders should be informed
  • Security and risk management leaders should be aware that existing and upcoming privacy laws, including the EU's GDPR, dramatically impact an organization's strategy, purpose and methods for processing personal data in IoT
    • Rather Than Focusing on Business Risk Alone, Include a Focus on Risk to Individual(s)
    • Pay Specific Attention to IoT Data Analytics
  • Many IoT devices will process data in insufficiently protected states, posing significant challenges to security and risk management leaders when ensuring data security and privacy compliance
    • Legacy Devices and Devices With No Embedded Security
    • Custom or Preselected Devices
    • Emerging Data Security and Privacy Technology
    • Pseudonymization
    • TTP
    • Secure Multiparty Computation (MPC)
    • Blockchain

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