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screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-2-15-50-pm Despite some concerns over the security of the Internet of Things (IoT)—not to mention whether consumers really want thermostats and smoke detectors with online connectivity—a large percentage of tech pros plan on deploying connected devices within their organizations over the next few years. That’s according to a new survey from Spiceworks, which featured 560 tech pros from around the world giving their opinion on everything from the Internet of Things to 3D printing and virtual reality (VR). Some 20 percent of those pros said they had already deployed IoT in their organizations, with another 41 percent saying they would do so at some point in the future. Coming in second: 3D printers, which 11 percent of tech pros reported deploying in their firms; virtual reality arrived in third, followed by artificial intelligence: screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-12-19-32-pm Of course, technology deployment varies by industry. “Education has significantly higher adoption rates of 3D printers (45 percent) than any other industry in the study and the highest adoption rates of VR technology (13 percent) too,” read Spiceworks’ note accompanying the data. “Healthcare boasts the highest adoption of IoT devices (28 percent), while tech-related industries such as IT services, software, and telecom are using AI the most.” Tech pros involved in manufacturing also plan on a high rate of 3D-printing adoption; construction and engineering, meanwhile, may very well see a spike in VR usage as engineers increasingly rely on the technology to model new projects. Even as they rush to embrace IoT, however, more than 90 percent of those surveyed thought that the technology introduced security and privacy issues that need to be tackled. Unless properly architected, IoT radically expands an organization’s vulnerabilities; while IoT manufacturers face considerable pressure to “harden” their devices against hacking, the prospect of an attacker entering an organization’s stack via a connected bit of hardware is the sort of thing that keeps tech pros up late into the night. When deployed correctly, however, the Internet of Things can help organizations’ infrastructure become “smarter” and often more cost-efficient. No wonder so many tech pros have embraced it. But based on this data, this virtual reality and 3D printing may have their days to come, as well.