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IoT and Security: Poor Device Security Plagues IoT

By Dick Weisinger

Globally, by 2020 there will be 20 billion connected devices. The problem is that many of these devices have zero to little security.

Deepen Desai, vice president of security research at Zscaler, wrote that “It’s mind-boggling that in 2019 companies continue to ship products with little to no security. Because nothing is stored on these devices, the prevailing wisdom has been that intrusion prevention and other controls are unnecessary. But… Bad actors can easily recruit massive armies of devices that can be used to attack targeted companies, governments, infrastructure, you name it.”

A recent survey by Ponemon of IT professionals found general agreement that current IoT devices are risky:

  • Less than 25 percent surveyed felt that IoT devices could be secured
  • Two-Thirds say that most devices are not designed to be secured
  • 60 percent say that even “simple things” can be a threat to IoT devices

Another survey, one by Gemalto, found that 48 percent of businesses with IoT devices said that they’re unable to even know if their devices suffer a breach. 97 percent said that a strong approach to the security of IoT would lead to a competitive edge.

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