IDG Contributor Network: Eliminate the IoT security blind spot

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The number of devices that exist within an average organization has grown exponentially over the last few years. The growth of mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT) explosion have led to a rapid rise in the number of endpoints that must be managed and secured. This problem is set to grow, with Gartner predicting more than 20 billion connected things will be in use by 2020, up from 11 billion this year.

While many people perceive IoT devices as simple, they’re not simple at all – they’re actually running operating systems with full networking stacks and an application layer. To make matters worse, most of them are beyond our control. As many as 82% of organizations are unable to identify all the devices connected to their network, according to a Forrester study, and 77% of companies admit that increased usage of IoT devices creates significant security challenges.

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