This IDC Flash explores the perceived risk associated with IoT devices. With more than 50 billion IoT devices coming to market every year, vulnerabilities and implementation issues in device software, the underlying firmware, cloud-based provisioning systems, and wireless communications could give attackers a field day, according to Bastille founder and CTO Chris Rouland. Bastille, a security start-up, is bringing a sensor-based system to market to help enterprises detect potential airborne threats.
In this document, IDC explores the perceived risk associated with IoT devices, based on Rouland's presentation at the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit, an annual event that brings together security researchers, malware analysts, and other security industry experts to discuss hacking trends and innovative detection and protection solutions. In brief:
- Underlying weaknesses in wireless protocols could put enterprises at risk.
- Industrial control systems and their components could be targeted today despite attention on the growing issue of critical infrastructure protection.
- Embedded system security specialists are in a position to gain significant traction as a recent global IDC survey finds attention to the topic of IoT is becoming a strategic issue in the healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
- Large established vendors, including IBM and Intel, are putting a significant amount of resources into services and products that can address IoT-related risks. Security start-ups are coming to market to address specific use cases, such as airborne threats.