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I still recall discussing the Internet of Things (IoT) at a web conference in 2015. One of my colleagues was a pioneer in the field and made some brazen predictions about it. The other week, he admitted that even his optimistic forecasts fell short. The IoT is growing faster than anyone expected. According to Intel, over 200 billion devices will be connected to the IoT network by 2020.

The rapid growth of the IoT has created tremendous opportunities – and frustrations. As more devices are connected to the network, the challenges become more evident. Fortunately, IoT developers are rapidly deploying new solutions, such as patch management software.

Patches Are Among the Biggest Challenges for IoT

Adaptability of IoT is limited by security and privacy concerns. According to a report produced by the Online Trust Alliance for the U.S. Department of Commerce, 47% of consumers rate these two issues as the biggest reasons they are reluctant to embrace the IoT.

The looming concern is the difficulty IoT developers, and device manufacturers face addressing these issues. IoT devices are notoriously difficult to patch. The problem is that the devices that are part of the IoT are not typically managed with sophisticated AI algorithms. The problems stem …

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