More organizations moving to IoT, despite security worries

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Even though a majority of organizations have adopted or plan to adopt Internet of Things technologies in the next year, many are still concerned about security threats, according to a new study by online IT community Spiceworks.

The report, commissioned by cloud-based network technology provider Cradlepoint, found that 69 percent of organizations have adopted or plan to adopt IoT solutions within the next year. However, 40 percent of respondents say they still have serious concerns about the security of those devices.

Spiceworks surveyed 400 IT professionals in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for the report.

While cyber security is the top concern of respondents, a desire for increased physical security is the top driver for IoT adoption (32 percent), followed by improved operational processes (23 percent), reduced operational costs (21 percent) and simplified management (20 percent).

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Recent botnet attacks have infected millions of IoT devices. Despite the growing security threat associated with IoT, however, the research shows that about half of the organizations surveyed are deploying IoT solutions on their existing enterprise network; some 57 percent prefer to manage their own IoT device security.

“Following the spread of IoT botnets like Reaper and Mirai, which infected millions of internet-connected security cameras, routers and digital video recorders, it’s evident that insecure IoT devices, even connected security devices, are putting organizations more at risk,” says Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks.

“Before deploying network-connected devices that create more entry points for hackers to exploit, organizations should vet the security of all IoT devices they plan to introduce and ensure they can adequately protect these devices from potential threats,” Tsai said.

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