What Is IoT Risk Management?

IoT risk management is a set of processes and practices used to identify and help eliminate potential dangers and negative consequences of IoT vulnerabilities. IoT risk management applies risk management practices and manages the business risk involved based on all facets of how that business uses technology. In particular, the significant growth of the internet of things (IoT) has dramatically increased the number of risk management and security challenges businesses face. Cybercriminals are launching more sophisticated and potentially damaging attacks, and the number of devices that need securing continues to grow as the IoT expands. 

Why IoT Risk Management?

Risk is inevitable and can’t be completely avoided or eliminated, but it can be minimized. The ISO 31000 standards for risk management note that “risks affecting organizations can have consequences in terms of economic performance and professional reputation, as well as environmental, safety and societal outcomes. Therefore, managing risk effectively helps organizations to perform well in an environment full of uncertainty.” In IoT contexts, risk management enables organizations to effectively use emerging technologies while mitigating inherent potential hazards, such as system failures, security breaches, data loss, and other scenarios.

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