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Critical infrastructure executives complacent about Internet of Things security

Tripwire, Inc., has published the results of an extensive study conducted by Atomik Research on the security of the ‘Enterprise of Things’ in critical infrastructure industries. The study examined the impact that emerging security threats connected with the Internet of Things (IoT) have on enterprise security. Study respondents included 404 IT professionals and 302 executives from retail, energy and financial services organizations in the US and UK.

Key findings included:

  • Employed consumers working from home have an average of 11 IoT devices on their home networks, and nearly one in four employed consumers (24 percent) have already connected at least one of these devices to their enterprise networks;
  • 63 percent of executives expect that business efficiencies and productivity will force them to adopt IoT devices despite the security risks; however, only 46 percent say the risks associated with IoT have the potential to become the most significant risk on their networks;
  • Only 8 percent of energy IT professionals are concerned about cybercriminals attacking industrial controllers, but 88 percent are not confident in the secure configuration of industrial controllers;
  • Less than one in four IT professionals are confident in the secure configuration of common IoT devices that are already on enterprise networks: voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phones (21 percent), sensors for physical security (20 percent), smart controllers for lights and HVAC (16 percent), point-of-sale devices (18 percent) and industrial controllers (12 percent).

The study whitepaper is available here after registration.

•Date: 26th January 2015 • US/UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

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