The majority (80.1 percent) of IT professionals worry about the potential for attacks originating through their Internet of Things (IoT) devices, according to a recent survey by Lieberman Software Corporation. The survey also showed that most IT pros (63.1 percent) are not confident that their organizations can track and manage all the IoT devices on their networks.
It’s estimated that the Internet of Things now consists of more than 23 billion devices (1). That figure may reach 50 billion by 2020 (2). This rapid growth in connectivity has likewise increased cyber security threats.
The Lieberman Software survey queried respondents about changing default passwords on the IoT devices in the network. More than half (50.7 percent) admitted they do not have a process to change these passwords.
“The responses to this survey are a good representation of the emerging threat of unsecured IoT devices,” said Philip Lieberman, President and CEO of Lieberman Software. “Every one of these connected devices has an administrative back door that poses a risk. My advice to organizations is to assume that the credentials for their IoT devices are already compromised. And considering the vast number of devices in large enterprises, the only way to handle securing these credentials is through an automated security solution that can manage the scale.”
Other key findings from the survey include:
- Approximately 40 percent of respondents’ organizations have more than 500 IoT devices on their networks;
- 60 percent of respondents include the subject of built-in passwords on IoT devices in their IT security planning.
For more information on the survey see http://go.liebsoft.com/IoT-Security-Survey
(1)(2) P. Fornash, P. Schenck, “Cybersecurity: From Months to Milliseconds,” Computer.