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IoT - bearly secure?

Paul Brislen, Editor. 01 March 2017, 7:12 am

The Internet of Things (IoT) is slated to include every item in the world that is powered by electricity, it seems, yet news of security issues continue to plague the growth of the sector.

Now that we have teddy bears that connect to the cloud and can record and send voice messages between parents and their children, you would think security (or at the very least some semblance of privacy) would be paramount, but apparently not.

Two million voice recordings taken from the CloudPets range of toys have been exposed online, along with 820,000 account records that were published to a poorly-secured database that didn't even require a password to access, according to media reports.

While security breaches in teddy bears may be new and unexplored territory, for enterprise managers whose lot it is to oversee IoT devices, it's already a reality.

HP enterprise spin-off Aruba has released a global IoT study that shows just over half of respondents have implemented IoT, but already 84% report security breaches within their IoT fleet.

The study, with 3,100 respondents from key industry sectors around the globe, suggests that mass adoption of IoT will occur by 2019 as 56% of participants have already adopted IoT, and another 32% plan to implement it within the next two years.

Chris Kozup, vice president of marketing for Aruba, says he was surprised to see such high levels of implementation already in place.

"That was a little higher than we would have expected. Certainly there is hype in the marketplace today, but we were pleasantly surprised to see this level of adoption," says Kozup.

Of the 84% who have experienced a security breach, 49% dealt with malware, 38% have been the target of spyware, 30% experienced phishing, and 26% suffered from a DDoS attack.

Read the full report here.

For many, the IoT will remain (as one wag put it) an acronym for the Internet of Things that shouldn't be on the internet.


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