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Less than a Third of Organisations Prepare for IoT Security

Less than a Third of Organisations Prepare for IoT Security

According to security firm Tripwire, the security industry needs to address the security basics with the growing number of IoT devices in corporate networks.

According to a survey which polled over 220 information security professionals at Black Hat USA 2016, just 34% of the respondents believe their organisations accurately track the number of IoT devices on their networks.

Cisco said the number of connected devices is projected to increase more than 50 billion by 2020 but, despite their popularity, IoT devices present significant and unique security risks to consumers and businesses.

In June this year, Arbor Networks reported that distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have grown both in size and frequency, due in part to the rising number of connected devices.

The survey also revealed that 47% of respondents expect the number of IoT devices on their networks to increase by at least 30% in 2017, while 78% of respondents are concerned about the weaponisation of IoT devices in the use of DDoS attacks.

Only 11% however ranked DDoS attaks as being one of the top two security threats being faced by their organisation.

Senior director of Tripwire, Tim Erlin, said: “The internet of things presents a clear weak spot for an increasing number of information security organisations.  

“As an industry, we need to address the security basics with the growing number of IoT devices in corporate networks. By ensuring these devices are securely configured, patched for vulnerabilities and being monitored consistently, we will go a long way in limiting the risks introduced.”

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