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Organisations struggling to secure their IoT devices

Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to make an enormous impact on pretty much every industry in the upcoming months and years, but it seems as organisations don’t really know how to secure their devices.  This is according to a new report by ForeScout Technologies, which surveyed 201 senior IT decision makers in the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  

First, the report says the threat surface is going to increase dramatically. An average business will operate 7,000 IoT devices in the next 18 months, which is ‘far more’ than what the average company is used to securing and defending.  Second, almost two thirds (65 per cent) have ‘quite’, ‘little’, or ‘no’ confidence in identifying and controlling their IoT devices.  And third, the biggest challenge seems to be having IT functions working together.  

“The staggering growth of IoT is creating both value and risks for enterprise organisations,” said Jan Hof, International Marketing Director, ForeScout Technologies. 

“While IoT is recognised by many as an opportunity to improve and streamline business processes, there are associated security risks that need to be addressed – first and foremost through visibility of devices as soon as they connect to the network. You cannot secure what you cannot see.” 

Of course, ForeScout Technologies being the agentless security solution company, says this is the only way to tackle the problem. Almost two thirds (64 per cent) of respondents said being able to discover and classify IoT devices without using agents was ‘extremely’ or ‘quite’ important.          

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.