Addressing the Growing IoT Risks to the Enterprise

 
 
By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 07-17-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So far, security concerns about the internet of things (IoT) have revolved mostly around consumer devices. Yet, as enterprises ratchet up their connections across people, devices and machines, exposure points and risks grow exponentially. A recent report from network management firm ForeScout—"How Hackable Is Your Smart Enterprise?"—found that many organizations aren't keeping up with key IoT security requirements. In fact, some IoT devices can be hacked in three minutes or less, but remediation can take weeks. In addition, hackers are increasingly planting backdoors to launch automated IoT botnet attacks, and they are using jamming and spoofing techniques to hack smart enterprise systems. That enables them to steal data, snoop on calls, and control motion sensors, locks, surveillance equipment and more. As organizations move to IP platforms and adopt connected systems—including phones, HVAC systems and other smart machines—the risk of fiscal and physical damage grows. Here's a look at some of the key IoT danger points and what organizations can do to mitigate risks and vulnerabilities.

 
 
 
 
 
Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

 
 
 
 
 
 

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