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Why IoT Devices Turn Up the Heat on Security Pros

By Marcos Colon

As devices continue to flood the enterprise, the information security team’s challenges continue to grow.

There’s no denying the opportunities that the Internet of Things (IoT) presents for businesses, but the risks associated with it are what have the security and risk department’s attention. One recent study suggests that 73% of organizations are leveraging IoT to improve product quality, employee performance, and even decision making.

While BYOD programs attempt to inventory the multitude of mobile devices that employees introduce into the network, there tend to be a considerable amount of non-traditional gadgets that security and infrastructure personnel tend to forget about.

A majority of these devices don’t have a keyboard, says Karl Sigler, Trustwave’s Threat Intelligence Manager who’s responsible for research and analysis of current vulnerabilities, malware, and threat trends.

“Things like thermostats, cameras…pretty much anything that doesn’t have a keyboard but is still connected to the network often goes overlooked,” he told InfoSec Insider during a recent interview. “[They] introduce risk into a lot of these organizations’ network.”

In the exclusive video interview below, Sigler discusses the non-traditional devices that security professionals should have on their radar, the kind of risk they present to the enterprise, and how thermostats can figuratively turn up the heat for the infosec department, and literally for the enterprise.


For more in-depth information on this topic and others, mark your calendar for our upcoming Threat Intelligence Summit in Austin, Texas, and next year's highly-anticipated InfoSec World Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida. 

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