Survey Shows Most Organizations Cannot Manage All IoT Devices on Their Networks

The overwhelming majority (80.1%) of IT professionals worry about the potential for attacks originating through their Internet of Things (IoT) devices, according to a recent survey by Lieberman Software Corporation. The survey also showed that most IT pros (63.1%) are not confident that their organizations can track and manage all the IoT devices on their networks. The survey was conducted among nearly 160 attendees of RSA Conference 2017.

Last year’s DDOS attack on DNS provider Dyn, which took down Twitter, Pinterest, Netflix and other major web sites, has been referred to as a wake-up call about the dangers of unsecured connected devices. The attack on Dyn was orchestrated using the Mirai botnet, which is largely made up of IoT devices. The attack also illustrated the dangers of unsecured default passwords on these devices.

IoT Security Survey Highlights

  • Unsecured passwords leave IoT device susceptible to takeover. So how many organizations proactively change the default credentials on these devices?
  • If you can’t find it, you can’t secure it. What percentage of today’s IT professionals can track and manage all the IoT devices on their networks?
  • How many organizations take IoT password security into account during security planning? And among that segment, how many are taking steps to secure these passwords?
  • Most IT pros worry about attacks originating through their IoT devices. But how overwhelming is this concern? And how does it correspond to the ability to manage connected devices?

Source: IoT Journal;