Smart feeder in company network
So it’s not surprising that the number of IoT devices on the corporate network has grown over the past year. That includes devices: Ireland, for example, saw 38% of respondents see pet IoT devices — such as a slim feeder — popping up on the corporate network. In the Netherlands, mainly internet-connected cameras (45%), slim home appliances (42%) and internet-connected kitchen appliances (41%) in business networks.
however, devices can pose significant security risks. “The continued growth in the number of IoT devices gives cybercriminals more opportunities to penetrate a corporate network, with all the consequences that entails. From Leeuwen.
Leader in segmentation
The good news is that many Dutch IT decision makers feel that their company has a lot of visibility into those IoT devices. 94% are confident that companies have visibility into those devices. But 78% indicate that the current IoT security measures do not implement the increase in IoT. This makes companies vulnerable and at risk. 97% of Dutch respondents therefore say that the IoT security within the company needs to be improved, according to 27% even a complete overhaul is needed.
Yet it is not the case that the Netherlands is doing very badly. In fact, the Netherlands is leading the way with an important measure. As many as 84% of Dutch respondents say that IoT devices are segmented, which is more than the use of 77% of the European product’s 72%. About 1% of the respondents say they do not consider it. According to Palo Alto Networks, the picture is confirmed that Dutch IT decision makers are doing better in the field of IoT security.
Next step: micro-segmenting
In fact, 35% of Dutch IT decision makers say they micro-segment IoT devices, restricting the devices individually to tuned security zones. The Netherlands is also a frontrunner in this regard: in Italy only 32% of the respondents do so and in Ireland only 28%.