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Security & The Internet of Things

VDC’s Security & The Internet of Things program is a pioneering research initiative that deeply explores the topic of security and the connected world. The program provides clients with insights into all aspects of connected system development, from product engineering and development to device deployment, third-party applications, and management. Clients receive deliverables throughout the year that are based upon extensive research and interaction with all security ecosystem stakeholders, including OEMs, IT managers, and security solution vendors.

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 What are some of the key questions answered by this research program? 

  • Which types of security solutions are most important to OEMs' various vertical markets?

  • How will OS vendors and other traditional embedded software suppliers impact the market for security software?

  • How will auto makers balance the consumers' desire for increased connectivity and functionality with privacy rights and security needs?

  • How do security requirements differ between safety-critical functions and information systems?

  • What factors are driving OEMs to offer -- and end users to adopt -- IoT security as a service?

  • How does security as a service interact between information technology and operation technology systems and services in commercial, industrial, and government environments?

  • What are consumer attitudes toward security and privacy of their medical data?

  • How are regulatory requirements affecting market advancements in institutional and home care products?

  • How prevalent are hypervisors and security-enhanced operating systems in embedded devices?

  • To what extent does the impetus for home device connectivity originate from manufacturers vs. consumers?

Vendors likely to be covered in this research program







Green Hills Software







Cryptography Research



  Escrypt NXP Wind River/Intel  

Overview of covered topics and technologies

  • Automotive systems security

  • Consumer electronics & home automation

  • Medical & health care devices

  • Embedded software security solutions

  • Hypervisors & security solutions

  • IoT security as a service

Some recent insights from our ongoing coverage of the connected system security market include:

  • Engineering staff at embedded device OEMs rate security as the single-most common obstacle to their organizations developing connected products.

  • Two-thirds of embedded engineers say that security is very important or extremely important to their customers.

  • Fewer than half of engineering firms conduct penetration testing of their embedded devices.

  • Security-related software and hardware currently represent 5% or less of Bill of Materials costs for most embedded engineering projects, but that portion is expected to double over the next three years.

  • Although security requirements add to development time and costs, OEMs are successfully able to raise costs in response.

Major annual deliverables 

  • Quarterly VDC View reports containing key analyst insights and trends

  • Six market analysis reports covering major connected system security solution segments and vendors

  • Analyst inquiry privileges to support your critical decisions and questions

Who should read this research?

Senior OEM engineering managers responsible for product development and deployment
IT managers coordinating M2M and enterprise-to-device connectivity
Technology suppliers in the embedded, mobile, and enterprise security ecosystems

What are the benefits of subscribing to this research?

This program provides clients with the ongoing data and insights they need to confidently make critical decisions about product, market, channel, and corporate development strategies. Use this research to:

  • Learn best practices for building secure connected systems

  • Identify underserved and high-growth market opportunities

  • Better understand your company’s competitive position and formulate winning strategies

  • Stay ahead of changes in customer requirements and demand

  • Gain access to the ideas and insights of analysts who have the most in-depth view of your markets

To learn more, contact us at info@vdcresearch.com.