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A bibliometric review of Internet of Things (IoT) on cybersecurity issues

Kashmira Ganji (Department of Operations and IT, ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad, India)
Nikhat Afshan (Department of Operations and IT, ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad, India)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 19 February 2024




In response to the growing interest in Internet of Things (IoT) technology and its profound implications for businesses and individuals, this bibliometric study focuses on a critical yet understudied aspect, i.e. cybersecurity. As IoT adoption grows, so do concerns regarding user privacy and data security. This study aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the current research in this vital area, shedding light on research trends, gaps and emerging themes.


The study conducted a bibliometric analysis and systematic review of literature spanning over two decades (2013–2023). Bibliometric analysis is conducted using Biblioshiny which is R-software-based advanced analytical tool. Further, VOSviewer is used to conduct network analysis. The study highlights the evolving landscape of IoT cybersecurity, emphasizing interdisciplinary intersections and the ethical dimensions of IoT technologies.


The study uncovers crucial concerns related to IoT adoption, emphasizing the urgent need for comprehensive cybersecurity protocols. It identifies emerging themes such as artificial intelligence and blockchain integration, indicating a shift toward interdisciplinary solutions. Furthermore, the research highlights ethical gaps in current IoT discussions, emphasizing the importance of responsible innovation.

Research limitations/implications

Businesses can bolster their cybersecurity strategies, policymakers can craft informed regulations and researchers are encouraged to explore IoT’s ethical dimensions.


This study pioneers a nuanced analysis of IoT cybersecurity, filling a crucial gap in the existing business and management literature. By synthesizing a decade of scholarly work, it provides foundational insights for researchers, businesses and policymakers. The research not only informs academic discourse but also offers practical guidance for enhancing IoT security measures and fostering ethical innovation.



Conflict of interest: The authors have no conflict of interest.

Source of funding: Nil.

Since submission of this article, the following author has updated their affiliation: Kashmira Ganji is at the Department of Management sciences , IIT Kanpur, Kanpur, India.


Ganji, K. and Afshan, N. (2024), "A bibliometric review of Internet of Things (IoT) on cybersecurity issues", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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