Yet 96% say they expect to see attacks continue to increase.
The Internet of Things (IoT) embodies great promise and risk. On the one hand, ordinary users view IoT as a means of streamlining their activities across billions of “smart” devices. They hope such connectivity will ultimately translate into better and easier lives. On the other hand, IoT devices aren’t always designed with security in mind. This lack of emphasis on security explains what happened to Dyn in October 2016. It also gets to the root of why 70 percent of IT experts told Tripwire at Black Hat USA 2016 that their organization wasn’t prepared for IoT-related threats.
Not all IoT devices are created the same, however. Some serve industrial organizations in the energy, utilities, government, healthcare, and finance sectors. These settings integrate so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices into complex IT and OT environments that are subject to unique digital threats and very serious, high-impact consequences.