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10/19/2017
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IoT Deployment Security Top Concern for Enterprises

A new survey shows that 63% of respondents are worried about the impact of the Internet of Things on corporate security technologies and processes.

A majority of enterprises cite cybersecurity as their main concern with corporate Internet of Things deployments, according to a survey released this week commissioned by BlackBerry.

In the survey, which queried 200 IT decision makers, 63% of respondents cited security as their top concern about IoT technologies and processes in the enterprise, yet only 37% of participants said they had a formal digital strategy in place. A full 78% of respondents indicated interest in a solution that would allow them to manage all their endpoints in one place. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (61%) identified hackers and cyberwarfare as a major threat from the IoT.

"If a device isn’t secure, it shouldn’t 'work' for companies or consumers. Organizations that connect unsecured IoT devices to their network are ultimately putting attack vectors inside their company. The risk of losing their IP and customers’ information is not worth the reward or using an IoT device that simply works," says Marty Beard, chief operating officer for BlackBerry.

He adds that endpoint security is the most important aspect of IoT security because the endpoint is the easiest to attack and tends to be the place where employees will bypass security for convenience. 

Read more about the survey here.

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IoT is definitely a major concern because there isn't a centralized mechanism for monitoring these devices even with MDM that will cover 100%. Smart devices outside of the realm of mobile typically have default to weak credentials making them easy points into the network if not segmented correctly.
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