The IoT security challenge for enterprises
As the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices throughout the enterprise continues, security issues won’t go away.
On the positive side, tech professionals are quite aware, especially as they witness the skyrocketing growth in the number of connected devices throughout their organizations.
By 2025, Statista estimates the total installed base of connected IoT devices globally will reach just more than 30 billion units, up from about 13 billion units this year, while IDC estimates there will be more than 55 billion connected IoT devices by that time.
No matter the range of estimates, the number of IoT devices projected is massive.
Security is hardly a new issue in technology, but it’s becoming a more important one.
A recent study found that 99% of security professionals are finding challenges with the security of their IoT and IIoT devices.
Discovering and remediating vulnerabilities was the top challenge, cited by 66% of those in the Tripwire survey of 312 security professionals responsible for the security of IoT devices at their company conducted, an enterprise security and compliance company.
Other challenges were tracking inventory of IoT devices on the network, validating compliance with security policies, establishing secure configurations, detecting changes on the devices and gathering forensic data after an incident.
Ninety-five percent of security professionals are concerned about the security risks associated with their connected devices, with nearly half of those being “very concerned.”
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