What\u2019s in store for the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2018? That\u2019s the question on many people\u2019s minds in the fast-growing IoT industry. One set of answers can be found in a new report from Forrester, called\u00a0Predictions 2018: IoT Moves From Experimentation To Business Scale.\u00a0\nAccording to Forrester and published reports last week, that journey means many things, but apart from the usual superheated speculation about IoT\u2019s incredible growth and increasing impact, here\u2019s what I think is most interesting.\u00a0\nIoT specialization takes hold\nIoT is likely to become more specialized in the coming year, moving away from generic hardware and software into platforms designed for specific industries. So-called \u201cdesign and operate\u2019 scenarios\u201d will let IoT developers focus on the attributes that matter most to their own industries and use cases.\n\nThat makes sense because as the IoT industry continues to grow, you won\u2019t need to be generic to achieve economies of scale. And IoT customers don\u2019t want the hassle of adapting generic products to their particular needs.\u00a0\nIoT integration in the cloud \u2014 and at the edge\nSure, plenty of enterprises will run and manage their IoT implementations out of their own data centers. But according to the Forrester report, more and more of IoT connectivity and integrations will happen in the cloud. IoT developers want low adoption costs, fast deployments, global reach, easy integration with other systems, and low maintenance. If that doesn\u2019t sound like a recipe for cloud migration, I don\u2019t know what would.\nAt the same time, however, in an effort to cut costs and trim latency, IoT data processing and analysis will also move from the core to the edge of the network. And those twin trends may pose challenges for\u00a0cloud providers and IoT users alike.\nAll this makes sense, too. The cloud is taking market and mindshare away from private data centers in just about every arena, and there\u2019s no reason for IoT to be any different.\nIoT security issues may get worse\nRightly or wrongly, of course, IoT integrations in the public cloud are likely to fuel already growing security concerns. And indeed, Forrester predicts even more damaging cyber attacks across a wide swath of IoT implementations. The report is not optimistic about improvements in IoT security, predicting more \u2014 and more successful \u2014 attacks on IoT devices, as well as the platforms they run on.\nInterestingly, IoT cybersecurity also plays a big role in another recent Forrester report. The firm\u2019s 2018 cybersecurity predictions see money-oriented IoT attacks on the rise, taking precedence over attempts to cause damage or sow chaos for political, social or military causes. IoT-targeted ransomware that targets vehicles, point-of-sale machines, and medical equipment is reportedly being explored.\nUltimately, though, the disconnect between IoT and security doesn\u2019t make sense. On the one hand, everyone says the IoT is hurtling forward like a runaway freight train. On the other hand, the same people warn that in many ways, IoT is not ready for prime time and has deep, inherent vulnerabilities. Yet, everyone seems to agree that IoT is a good thing, and no one seems to be interested in slowing down or making the kind of massive investments it\u2019s likely to take to bring real security confidence to the industry.