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IoT and Security: Mobile, Wearable and BYOD Policies Challenge Business IT Security

By Dick Weisinger

IT departments are worried, worried that they can’t keep up with the dynamics of the IT environments that they support.  For example, 90 percent of IT professionals are worried about the security and privacy issues that the flood of new mobile and wearable devices are creating for their organizations.  84 percent said that the ever increasing number of entry points into IT infrastructure is a major concern.  70 percent surveyed pointed to IoT manufacturers as a major culprit, with manufacturers often creating devices where security was considered late in the design or not at all.  These are numbers based on a new study by  Spiceworks and sponsored Cox Business.

Matt Olan, IT professional at Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacy, said that “the Internet of Things includes everything from smart appliances and wearables to industry-specific devices such as connected medical technologies and sensors in server rooms.  The problem is that many of these devices have little to no security, and, in many cases, they’re even more vulnerable to attacks and misuse than your typical PC.  We allow certain IoT devices on our network, but security is always taken into account when planning an IoT deployment.”

Roota Almeida, head of information security for Delta Dental in New Jersey, said that “consumerization of IT has significantly changed the direction of technology absorption. Consumers are adopting the latest technologies and devices and are demanding the same at work. We have seen businesses struggling to adapt to this reality as we move beyond mobile devices and into the ‘Internet of Everything.’ While the addition of sensors and connectivity to physical things is driving massive gains in efficiency, it is also posing a significant security risk for organizations.”

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