5 ways to prepare for Internet of Things security threats

Excitement over IoT benefits may soon give way to concern over the uncertain security outlook.

For businesses and consumers alike, the Internet of Things is helping create smarter, more efficient devices. For enterprise IT and security professionals, it’s also creating a headache.

Many businesses are eager to deploy smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) to capitalize on the many benefits. That excitement, however, may be clouding their judgment when it comes to the security risks. A recent survey of both IT executives and professionals published by cybersecurity company Tripwire found that 63% of C-level executives said they were likely to adopt the IoT to increase productivity and efficiency, while just 27% reported being “very concerned” about the security risks.

On the other hand, just 30% of responding IT professionals said their company is even equipped to determine whether IoT products would be secure in their environment, and 59% of those working in mid- and large-sized businesses said they believe the Internet of Things could potentially become “the most significant security risk on their network.”

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