Boston, 2018 x2, MA
Dec. 5-7, 2016
December 5-7, 2016 | Boston, 2018 x2, MA

Ready or Not: Here Comes the Internet of Things

December 6, 2016
10:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom

The potential of the Internet of Things is fueling interest (and hype) all across media and industry. But we aren’t ready. The Internet of Things will change the way markets and businesses work — and it could get messy. This session will report on the findings from a global research study at MIT Sloan Management Review on IoT. The study found that IoT is particularly valuable when combined with strong analytics capabilities; organizations with strong analytical foundations are three times more likely to get value from IoT than those with weaker analytics capabilities.

But because data is valuable, we need to be ready for people to want to take it.

The IoT context intensifies the need for security. For example, physical control of devices make attacks easier. But beyond these, more insidious attacks might be ones that we don’t notice, as poisoned data streams may be difficult to discern with the volume of data that IoT devices produce. Despite these issues, 76% of the survey’s respondents don’t feel they need to improve their sensor data security and 68% don’t feel they need to improve their overall data security.

In this session, one of the study’s authors and researchers, discusses the study’s results, explaining how organizations gain value from IoT, the current global perspective on IoT security, why protecting your organization against the IoT is a complex endeavor but on that must be undertaken.


Assistant Professor, Operations Management Department
Boston College

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