Security Lags IoT & BYOD Threats
March 17, 2017
than 90 percent of IT security professionals said that connected devices
will be a major security issue this year. However, 66% aren’t sure how
many devices are in their environment.
The Internet of Evil Things (IoET) report found a
common point-of-view among IT leaders – the Internet of Things (IoT) is
introducing significant risk to companies today, but security programs
are not keeping pace.
IT pros understand the dangers facing their companies, but don’t have
the necessary solutions to address these new threats, including IoT
malware, like Mirai. Last fall, Mirai was used to arm hundreds of
thousands of webcams to attack the Internet infrastructure company Dyn.
The result? A near shutdown of the internet for millions of Americans
trying to get to their favorite websites.
“Mirai demonstrated what the right malware could do if unleashed onto
poorly configured or inadequately secured devices,” said Paul Paget,
Pwnie Express CEO. “When you consider the exploding number of connected
devices, many with poorly configured or no security and the fact that
security teams can’t see these devices, it becomes clear that security
programs need to shift spending to adapt more quickly.”
Mirai made headlines globally and 84 percent of those surveyed admitted
that Mirai changed their perception about threats from IoT devices. Yet,
over 65 percent said they either haven’t checked or don’t know how to
check their connected devices for Mirai. With Mirai and its inspired
offshoots in the wild, determined attackers see the potential to use
vulnerable connected devices for nefarious large-scale purposes and to
target and compromise specific networks and companies.