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UK firms can't tell if their IoT is secure

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A new report is suggesting that the majority of UK organisations can’t tell if their Internet of Things (IoT) devices are secure.

The report, based on a poll of 950 IT and business decision makers across the globe from digital security firm Gemalto, claims that almost half of organisations in the UK can’t detect a breach which is, after France, the second lowest in Europe. Some believe IoT security to be an ethical responsibility, while the majority feel regulations are of great importance.

At the same time, spending on IoT protection in the UK is lower than in the rest of the world.

“At times it feels organisations are trying to run before they can walk, implementing technology without really understanding what impact it could have on their security,” commented Jason Hart, CTO of Data Protection at Gemalto.

“With IoT devices continuing to immerse themselves deep within organisations’ networks, it’s frightening to see that so many UK businesses don’t know if and when these devices have been breached. Although the UK’s new Code of Practice is a great first step toward securing the IoT, it’s won’t truly be effective until these are made mandatory and all organisations are forced to adhere to them. Only once every device, new and old, is given these same standards will the UK see a decrease in successful attacks.”

The results of the poll have raised new questions about the overall security of user data, not just across the country, but globally, as well.

Gemalto says that this isn’t just a UK issue, but a global one, instead. Almost all businesses in the study have asked for more security regulations in the IoT industry.

Image Credit: Melpomene / Shutterstock

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

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.