ISACA Survey: wide gap between consumers’ and IT professionals’ perceptions on internet of things security

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Consumers in the UK, India, Australia and Mexico are similarly confident in their cyber self-defense skills, and the majority consider themselves knowledgeable or very knowledgeable about the IoT. This number ranges from 95 per cent of Indian consumers to 76 per cent of UK consumers.

ISACA’s survey of global IT and cybersecurity professionals depicts an IoT that flies below the radar of many IT organisations—an invisible risk that survey respondents believe is underestimated and under-secured.

‘In the hidden Internet of Things, it is not just connectivity that is invisible. What is also invisible are the countless entry points that cyber attackers can use to access personal information and corporate data,’ said Christos Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, international president of ISACA, group director of Information Security for INTRALOT. ‘The rapid spread of connected devices is outpacing an organization’s ability to manage it and to safeguard company and employee data.’

‘Device manufacturers should lead the charge on adopting an industry-wide security standard that addresses IoT security, and put in place rigorous security governance and professional development for their cyber security employees. ISACA’s research shows a direct connection between positive customer sentiment and companies that can demonstrate security credentials,’ said Robert Clyde, CISM, international vice president of ISACA and managing director of Clyde Consulting LLC.

The annual IT Risk/Reward Barometer is a global indicator of trust in information. Conducted by ISACA, the Barometer polls thousands of IT and cybersecurity professionals and consumers worldwide to uncover attitudes and behaviours about essential technologies and information, and the trade-offs people make to balance risk and reward. The study is based on online polling of 7,016 ISACA members in 140 countries from 27 August to 8 September 2015.

To see the full results, visit www.isaca.org/risk-reward-barometer.

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