“Security remains greatest concern in IoT deployment” states Pod Group study

Today’s Internet of Things (IoT) adopters have grave concerns for the security of their devices and networks according to research carried out by IMC (the International IoT M2M Council). Commissioned by Pod Group, the provider of platforms, software and connectivity services for the IoT, the study results also unveil a growing demand for dedicated IoT security solutions.

The study, which questioned over 20,000 IoT adopters including IT, operations and product development managers as well as Board-level decision-makers from across the globe, found that security is by far the biggest challenge to IoT deployments (over 50% of respondents claimed this, in fact). IoT adopters are also overwhelmingly concerned about security threats to their IoT devices, with nearly 70% of respondents saying they were very or extremely concerned about IoT security.

This stark level of concern is reflected in an increasing interest in implementing additional IoT-specific security solutions. While only a quarter of respondents are currently using additional dedicated IoT solutions, a further quarter are actively looking for such solutions and the majority (43%) are presently considering them.

For further peace of mind, IoT adopters would also like to have access to in-depth security information. The survey found that half of all respondents would like to see in-depth analytics and custom reports, while a further 45% said they would like to obtain security information in a simpler format.

Anna Stergioula, head of security at Pod Group, commented: “As more companies move towards digital transformation and embrace the IoT and the applications it enables, growth rates of IoT adoption look set to spiral. With this marked growth comes a number of challenges and risks. According to the latest report by Subex, a leading software and security solutions provider, cyber attacks on IoT devices increased by 13% while recce attacks were up 22% on the previous quarter. As the results of the IMC survey demonstrate, security is currently front of mind for IoT adopters and their concerns are not unfounded.”

Stergioula added: “IoT devices are notoriously difficult to secure because their basic interfaces cannot support simple network security features. However, robust IoT-specific security solutions offer organisations the assurance that their network and their devices are protected with the most advanced and scaleable monitoring and threat detection tools. Security need not be a barrier to the adoption of IoT technology.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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