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Clutch, a leading B2B IT research firm, recently conducted a survey of nearly 300 IT professionals at businesses across the United States that use cloud computing.
The survey found that nearly 1 in 4 businesses are using IoT services in the cloud.
Jamie MacQuarrie, co-founder of Appivo, provided expert commentary for the report.
MacQuarrie described the dangers currently present when it comes to the Internet of Things. The state of IoT security is often not seriously considered, despite real risks.
“Nascent is the first word that comes to mind [regarding IoT security],” said MacQuarrie. “For every company that properly locks down IoT-enabled machines on a factory floor, you have thousands of unsecured ‘smart’ lightbulbs.”
These overlooked devices can be entryways for hackers, even if they seem harmless.
“Consider an auto plant with automated manufacturing lines sending data to a cloud for analysis… it’s probably tightly secured because a hacked production line means serious down-time that directly impacts the bottom line,” said MacQuarrie.
“Now consider a well-intentioned employee that installs an unsecured smart lightbulb in the break room, providing a gateway for hackers to pick away at the more secure internal systems,” continued MacQuarrie. “At that point, [the hackers] are across the moat and through the draw bridge, and nobody even knows it.”
MacQuarrie mentioned the famous 2013 hack of Target’s payment systems, made possible through a remotely accessible HVAC system.
MacQuarrie believes there is hope for IoT security, but improvement may not come from the consumer side.
“I see industrial/manufacturing IoT leading the charge here because of the immediate productivity and financial impact. And I see consumer IoT lagging way behind because it’s ‘fun’ and the really bad stuff hasn’t happened… yet.”
It remains to be seen what is in store for the future of IoT security.
The survey report also discusses a range of other cloud security topics, including spending and popular regulations. Other data shows that the majority of businesses are spending $100,000+ on additional cloud security features, and 65% of businesses follow regulations from the Cloud Security Alliance.
Read the full report here.
Riley Panko is a content developer and marketer at Clutch, a B2B research firm in the heart of Washington, DC. Her research focuses on the cloud. Reach out with questions, comments, or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.