Majority of enterprises struggling to secure IoT devices on their network
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently cited findings that held that 200 billion connected devices will be in place by 2020, with the economic impact of such technology expected to be in the trillions by 2025. However, a major concern remains that a majority of enterprises do not possess sufficient know-how on securing IoT devices on their network, according to a survey commissioned by ForeScout Technologies.
The finding highlights the lack of visibility on the enterprise network. Rob Greer, CMO and SVP of products at ForeScout Technologies, said: “This survey demonstrates not only how pervasive IoT is within the enterprise, but also how much confusion there is around how to secure it. Every day, new ‘things’ are being added to corporate networks with little regard to their level of security risk. Each insecure device represents a vulnerable point of entry into a company’s larger network and companies are starting to realise this.”
A vast majority (85%) of respondents said they were not confident of ensuring visibility as soon as devices connected to the networks, with almost a quarter saying they were not confident at all. An organisation is extremely susceptible to attacks when its connected devices have not been secured.
Greer added: “IoT represents one of the largest fundamental changes to the enterprise in decades. The challenge now is to ensure that its promise is realised in a secure and responsible way. The ability to share real-time contextual insights and implement agentless security policies across the organisation encourages healthy security practices from the inside out.”
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