Trend Micro Research Uncovers Lack of IoT Security Awareness
Only 14% of respondents say they have complete organizational awareness of IoT threats.
November 19, 2018
Trend Micro has revealed that 86% of surveyed IT and security decision makers across the globe believe their organization needs to improve its awareness of IoT threats. This significant lack of knowledge accompanies rising threat levels and security challenges related to connected devices.
The poll of 1,150 IT and security leaders reveals a lack of cybersecurity maturity in many organizations around the world as they deploy IoT projects to drive innovation, agility and digital transformation.
“A common theme in cyberattacks today is that many are driven by a lack of security awareness, and this is accentuated with IoT security,” says Kevin Simzer, chief operating officer for Trend Micro. “We recommend business leaders clearly acknowledge the IoT security challenges affecting their company, understand where their security requirements, and invest accordingly to make their security goals a reality.”
According to the survey, current cyber attacks are targeting office devices most, followed by manufacturing and the supply chain. When an attacker compromises these devices, they can also gain access to the greater corporate network to conduct even more damaging attacks.
To protect against IoT security attacks, more than 50% of surveyed IT and security decision makers reported they prioritize a few key capabilities in their security solutions. Monitoring for anomalous behaviors and vulnerability management were the most sought after requirements to mitigate the risk of IoT devices being compromised.
In addition to these specific capabilities, Trend Micro recommends a strong network defense approach to ensure IoT devices do not add security risk at any part of a corporate network. The company also offers a range of security solutions related to specific types of IoT devices for additional protection.
Sources: Press materials received from the company.