Up to 80% of IoT devices have inadequate security says AdaptiveMobile

A new ‘big security’ architecture harnessing big data, telemetry and security algorithms is required to protect the millions of devices connected through the Internet of Things

Up to 80% of IoT devices have inadequate security says AdaptiveMobile

Mobile network security provider AdaptiveMobile predicts that up to 80% of connected devices currently deployed do not have adequate security measures in place, with four in five devices on the market vulnerable to malicious or inadvertent attacks and data breaches. 

As the level of connectivity between devices continues to grow, a new model using a ‘big security’ approach of harnessing big data, telemetry and security algorithms is going to be needed to effectively protect the billions of devices connected through the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Gartner’s research report, Predict 2016: Security Solution (4 December 2015) discusses how the “security market will continue to evolve alongside new requirements from the Internet of Things, cloud computing and sophisticated targeted attacks…Gartner estimates that a new architectural model will evolve, alongside such demands, in which security technology and services will be made available at the device and network layer, characterising the emergence of security solutions made within endpoints, gateways and IoT platform providers.”

AdaptiveMobile’s CTO, Ciaran Bradley, explained: “A new security architecture is required to deal with the increasing connectivity of devices belonging to the Internet of Things. There will be billions of devices connected through IoT – many unable to run traditional endpoint security – and there is no definitive ruling on who has responsibility to enforce this security and who is liable when a vulnerability is exploited.”

He continued: “We need to be able to detect threats at scale – using a combination of lightweight telemetry and anomaly detection to give early indicators of compromise – and then enforce protection at scale. Not only are consumer devices at risk but automotive and industrial categories need to ensure security is a critical consideration – we do not believe this will be solved through current approaches to security, particularly when it comes to legacy systems.”

Given the increasing number of connected devices on the market, the frequency at which IoT vulnerabilities are being exploited and the pressure to keep costs of commercial devices low, manufacturers need to make security a priority. IoT security is complex, constantly evolving and needs to be a critical consideration.

AdaptiveMobile’s NPP6 is a converged carrier security platform providing consistent security irrespective of device, operating system or end-user’s technical expertise. It combines the latest data science techniques, machine learning and advanced anomaly detection algorithm with the company’s threat intelligence services. AdaptiveMobile said it is increasingly working with existing customers and industry partners to bring its expertise to help secure the rapid growth of IoT connectivity.

For more information on new IoT security demands and to read Gartner’s Predicts 2016: Security Solutions please visit https://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/newsletters/AdaptiveMobile/1-2TP3L1F/index.html

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