11 September 2020
Almost three quarters (74%) of IT decision makers believe that IoT devices in the enterprise pose a significant threat to workplace privacy, according to new research.
A report from Kollective called Distributed Devices is based on a survey of 270 UK and US-based IT decision makers and claims to explore the challenges and risks of incorporating IoT devices into business ecosystems.
The research investigates how IT teams can ensure all devices at the edge of their networks are reached securely, effectively, and at scale. While the majority (88%) of IT teams said IoT devices will make their workplaces more efficient, there are also substantial concerns regarding the infrastructure required for updating these devices. Failure to update will add significant security risks for businesses, as well as adding to employee privacy concerns.
Kollective’s report suggests that this will place significant pressure on IT teams and 88% of respondents said IT departments hold full responsibility for updating and securing these devices. In addition, 90% of respondents said that all IoT updates should be tested before they are installed.
“The growing prominence of IoT within enterprises has significantly raised the number of entry points for cybercriminals,” said Kirk Wolfe, VP of corporate development at Kollective. “In order to maintain workplace privacy and counteract any future threats to businesses across the globe, it’s imperative that these devices are updated with the latest security patches – and it’s the IT team that’s on the front line of defence.” n