Trend Micro Research Finds Major Lack of IoT Security Awareness

Micro Incorporated
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), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today revealed
that 86 percent of surveyed IT and security decision makers across the
globe believe their organization needs to improve its awareness of IoT
threats. This significant lack of knowledge accompanies rising threat
levels and security challenges related to connected devices, which
leaves organizations at great risk.

The poll of 1,150 IT and security leaders1 reveals a worrying
lack of cybersecurity maturity in many organizations around the world as
they deploy IoT projects to drive innovation, agility and digital

“A common theme in cyberattacks today is that many are driven by a lack
of security awareness, and this is accentuated with IoT security,” said
Kevin Simzer, chief operating officer for Trend Micro. “It’s a good
first step to see that IT leaders recognize awareness levels need to
rise across the organization. We recommend business leaders clearly
acknowledge the IoT security challenges affecting their company,
understand where their security requirements, and invest accordingly to
make their security goals a reality.”

A lack of IoT security awareness leaves companies increasingly exposed
to potentially damaging cyberattacks. According to the survey, current
attacks are targeting office devices most, followed by manufacturing and
the supply chain. When an attacker compromises these devices, they can
also gain access to the greater corporate network to conduct even more
damaging attacks.

To protect against IoT security attacks, more than 50 percent of
surveyed IT and security decision makers reported they prioritize a few
key capabilities in their security solutions. Monitoring for anomalous
behaviors and vulnerability management were the most sought after
requirements to mitigate the risk of IoT devices being compromised.

In addition to these specific capabilities, Trend Micro recommends
a strong network defense approach to ensure IoT devices do not add
security risk at any part of a corporate network. The company also
offers a range of security solutions related to specific types of IoT
devices for additional protection.

About the Research

The findings are based on joint research with Vanson Bourne. Between 1
April and 25 May 2018, 1,150 online interviews were conducted with IT
and Security decision makers from businesses with 500+ employees in five
countries, including USA, UK, France, Germany and Japan. Respondents
held either C-Level, senior management or middle management positions,
and work in organizations operating in multiple sectors, including
retail, financial services, public sector, media and construction.

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions,
helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our
innovative solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments provide
layered security for data centers, cloud environments, networks, and
endpoints. All our products work together to seamlessly share threat
intelligence and provide a connected threat defense with centralized
visibility and control, enabling better, faster protection. With more
than 6,000 employees in over 50 countries and the world’s most advanced
global threat intelligence, Trend Micro secures your connected world.
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About Vanson Bourne

Vanson Bourne is an independent specialist in market research for the
technology sector. Their reputation for robust and credible
research-based analysis is founded upon rigorous research principles and
their ability to seek the opinions of senior decision makers across
technical and business functions, in all business sectors and all major
markets. For more information, visit

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their
registered owners.

1 Research carried out by Vanson Bourne with 1,150 IT and
Security decision makers across five countries, including USA, UK,
France, Germany and Japan, between 1 April and 25 May 2018.