Oh great. The world’s internet security professionals are increasingly worried about what they are calling the Internet of Evil Things.
These concerns stem from the risks posed by connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices — a problem which is set to grow, even as resources and visibility into such connected devices have stagnated, according to a new survey.
The study of the views of more than 400 global IT security professionals, called “The Internet of Evil Things: Top Connected Device Threats 2016” by InfoSec outfit Pwnie Express shows that even as awareness of vulnerable devices grows in 2016, information security (InfoSec) professionals are not ready or equipped to manage the consequences.
The Connected Device Problem
According to the study, an overwhelming majority (86 per cent) of InfoSec professionals are concerned with connected device threats, with 50 per cent either “Very” or “Extremely” concerned.
Their fears have risen sharply in the last 12 months, with 67 per cent more worried about connected device threats than they were a year ago.
Perhaps most troubling is what is driving their concerns — first-hand experience. More than half (55 per cent) have witnessed an attack via wireless device, and 38 per cent have witnessed an attack via mobile device, according to the study’s authors.
Blame is also sheeted home to the proliferation of wireless and mobile devices and the prevalence of BYOD and BYOx environments. In fact, more than a third of those surveyed said they didn’t know even how many devices were connected to their networks.