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Almost Half of Companies Still Can’t Detect IoT Device Breaches, Reveals Gemalto Study

Use of blockchain technology to help secure IoT data, services and devices doubles in a year

Amsterdam
January 15, 2019

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, can today reveal that only around half (48%) of businesses can detect if any of their IoT devices suffers a breach. This comes despite companies having an increased focus on IoT security:

  • Spending on protection has grown (from 11% of IoT budget in 2017 to 13% now);
  • Nearly all (90%) believing it is a big consideration for customers; and
  • Almost three times as many now see IoT security as an ethical responsibility (14%), compared to a year ago (4%)

 

With the number of connected devices set to top 20 billion by 2023, businesses must act quickly to ensure their IoT breach detection is as effective as possible. 

Surveying 950 IT and business decision makers globally, Gemalto found that companies are calling on governments to intervene, with 79% asking for more robust guidelines on IoT security, and 59% seeking clarification on who is responsible for protecting IoT. Despite the fact that many governments have already enacted or announced the introduction of regulations specific to IoT security, most (95%) businesses believe there should be uniform regulations in place, a finding that is echoed by consumers[1] 95% expect IoT devices to be governed by security regulations.

“Given the increase in the number of IoT-enabled devices, it’s extremely worrying to see that businesses still can’t detect if they have been breached,” said Jason Hart, CTO, Data Protection at Gemalto. “With no consistent regulation guiding the industry, it’s no surprise the threats – and, in turn, vulnerability of businesses – are increasing. This will only continue unless governments step in now to help industry avoid losing control.”

Security remains a big challenge

With such a big task in hand, businesses are calling for governmental intervention because of the challenges they see in securing connected devices and IoT services. This is particularly mentioned for data privacy (38%) and the collection of large amounts of data (34%). Protecting an increasing amount of data is proving an issue, with only three in five (59%) of those using IoT and spending on IoT security, admitting they encrypt all of their data. 

Consumers1 are clearly not impressed with the efforts of the IoT industry, with 62% believing security needs to improve. When it comes to the biggest areas of concern 54% fear a lack of privacy because of connected devices, followed closely by unauthorised parties like hackers controlling devices (51%) and lack of control over personal data (50%).

Blockchain gains pace as an IoT security tool

While the industry awaits regulation, it is seeking ways to address the issues itself, with blockchain emerging as a potential technology; adoption of blockchain has doubled from 9% to 19% in the last 12 months. What’s more, a quarter (23%) of respondents believe that blockchain technology would be an ideal solution to use for securing IoT devices, with 91% of organisations that don’t currently use the technology are likely to consider it in the future.

As blockchain technology finds its place in securing IoT devices, businesses continue to employ other methods to protect themselves against cybercriminals. The majority (71%) encrypt their data, while password protection (66%) and two factor authentication (38%) remain prominent. 

Hart continues, “Businesses are clearly feeling the pressure of protecting the growing amount of data they collect and store. But while it’s positive they are attempting to address that by investing in more security, such as blockchain, they need direct guidance to ensure they’re not leaving themselves exposed. In order to get this, businesses need to be putting more pressure on the government to act, as it is them that will be hit if they suffer a breach.”

Additional Resources

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[1] Gemalto Connected Living in 2030 Report

Gemalto Media Contacts:

Tauri Cox

North America
+1 512 257 3916

tauri.cox@gemalto.com

Sophie Dombres

Europe Middle East & Africa
+33 4 42 36 57 38
sophie.dombres@gemalto.com

Piyush Prakash

Asia Pacific
+91 11 6623 1200
piyush.prakash@gemalto.com

Alexis Camarillo

Latin America
+52 5521223627
alexis.camarillo@gemalto.com

À propos de Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) est le leader mondial de la sécurité numérique dont les revenus annuels de 2015 s'élevaient à 3,1 milliards d'euros. La société compte également des clients dans plus de 180 pays. Nous sommes un partenaire de confiance dans un monde de plus en plus connecté.

Nos technologies et nos services permettent aux entreprises et aux organismes gouvernementaux d'authentifier les identités et d'assurer et maintenir la protection des données afin d’offrir des services sur les appareils personnels, les objets connectés, dans le Cloud et dans sa périphérie.

Les solutions Gemalto sont au cœur de l’évolution du monde moderne, qu'il s'agisse d'assurer la sécurité des paiements, des entreprises et de l'Internet des objets. Nous procédons à l'authentification des personnes, des transactions et des objets, chiffrons les données et valorisons les logiciels afin de permettre à nos clients d'offrir des services numériques sécurisés à des milliards de personnes et d'objets.

Nous comptons plus de 14 000 employés dans nos effectifs disséminés dans 118 bureaux à travers le monde. Nous opérons également 45 centres de personnalisation et de données et 27 centres de recherche et de développement de logiciels dans 49 pays.

Retrouvez plus de renseignements sur www.gemalto.com ou suivez @gemalto sur Twitter.

 

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