BYOD Risk Meets IoT Reality

Hilary Tuttle


April 3, 2017

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When the Mirai botnet used millions of unsecured IoT devices to cripple parts of the internet in November, the risk posed by connected everyday items became far clearer.

According to the Pwnie Express report The Internet of Evil Things, 84% of IT professionals said Mirai changed their perceptions of IoT device threats, and 92% believe connected devices will be a major security issue in 2017.

Enterprises are struggling to understand just how vulnerable they are, however. IT security teams said they do not have the necessary tools to detect the risk of employee devices brought into the workplace, and 66% of respondents said they are not sure how many connected devices their colleagues bring to work, while only 23% who do monitor these devices said they checked for malicious infections in the last year.

Bring your own device (BYOD) policies have long been advised to mitigate the risk employees introduce, but 41% of companies still have no such policy, and nearly a third of respondents who have a policy complain they have no means of enforcement.

Hilary Tuttle is managing editor of Risk Management.