Confidence of IoT device security varies among consumers and security professionals


A major discrepancy exists in the amount of trust Mexican consumers and cybersecurity professionals have in the security of connected devices, according to a new survey from global cybersecurity association ISACA.

The survey found 82% of Mexican consumers were assured about their ability to secure IoT devices while only 60% of IT and cybersecurity professionals were of the same opinion. More than nine in 10 Mexican consumers believe they possess requisite knowledge concerning the IoT.

On average, Mexican consumers had seven IoT devices in their home while smart TVs were the foremost IoT device on their list of items to be purchased in the next 12 months, followed by Internet-connected cameras, connected cars and smart watches.

However, the response of IT and cybersecurity professionals shows that most organisations are not aware of the IoT and most respondents hold that device manufacturers are not meeting requirements. 72% of those surveyed hold that manufacturers are not offering enough security in IoT devices. Close to half believe the IT discipline is unaware of connected devices at work such as connected thermostats, TVs, fire alarms and cars. 73% present a medium to high likelihood of an organization being hacked via an IoT device.

Christos Dimitriadis, international president, ISACA, and group director of Information Security at INTRALOT said: “In the hidden Internet of Things, also invisible are the countless entry points that cyber attackers can use to access personal information and corporate data. The rapid spread of connected devices is outpacing an organization’s ability to manage and safeguard company and employee data.”

You can find out more about the report here. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their IoT use-cases? Attend the IoT Tech Expo World Series events with upcoming shows in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam to learn more.

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