Gartner Research

Key IAM Considerations for IoT Platforms

Published: 30 October 2017

ID: G00322584

Analyst(s): Mark Diodati


IoT platforms are the hub of most IoT deployments and are a risk aggregation point. Technical professionals implementing identity management for IoT platforms should assess those platforms and implement authentication, access control and life cycle management processes to protect data and devices.

Table Of Contents


  • Authentication
    • Device Authentication
    • User Authentication
    • Application Authentication
  • Access Control
  • Life Cycle Management
    • Device Management
    • User Management


  • Establishing Device Trust
    • Personalization at the Factory
    • Personalization in the Field
    • Credential Rotation
  • Nuances of Device Interaction
    • Device-to-Device Interaction
    • User-to-Device Interaction
  • P2P: Platform-to-Platform Interaction
  • Security Implications of Device Evolution
  • Gateway Software on Devices


  • Change Your Thinking
  • Get an IAM Expert
  • Choose the Right IoT Platform, If You Can
  • Establish and Maintain Trust
  • Use Multifactor Authentication
  • Assess Risk at the Third-Party Edge
  • Scrutinize Devices With API Access
  • Monitor the Evolution of IAM for IoT
    • Identity Standards
    • Hardware Credential Storage
    • Privileged Access Management Tools

The Details

  • Lay of the Land
    • Platform
    • Edge
    • Enterprise
    • Protocols

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