Are We Implementing Sufficient Internet of Things Security Measures?

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isaby Angela Guess

Matt Loeb recently wrote for the Wall Street Journal, “The mass adoption of the Internet of Things may be coming at the expense of thorough safeguards. Connected devices introduced by employees to company networks pose some of the greatest risks. With barring IoT outright not an option, companies will need to roll out tailored best practices and standards. According to ISACA’s 2015 IT Risk/Reward Barometer, 73 percent of IT professionals consider it likely that a company will be hacked through a connected device and a similar number (72 percent) don’t believe that manufacturers are implementing sufficient security measures in IoT devices.”

Loeb goes on, “Related to this risk is that workplaces are becoming more difficult to secure as connected devices like fitness bands and smart watches spread in popularity and make their way to the office on the wrists and in the pockets of employees. If these seemingly harmless devices connect to your company’s networks or servers and share and store information, they create more entry points where such information can be compromised. Cybercriminals realize this. Many of your employees probably don’t. Our Risk/Reward Barometer also found that the average American is very confident—and perhaps even naïve—when it comes to data security.”

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photo credit: ISACA

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