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Study found that connected teddy bears, coffee makers and connected cars are posing new challenges to security teams
TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2020 /CNW/ — Smart teddy bears, implanted heart monitors, connected cars and other connected devices are regularly connecting to corporate networks, prompting technology managers to warn that significant action should be taken to protect them from being used to hack into businesses.
That’s according to a new report on practices for securing the internet of things (IoT), commissioned by Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, based on a survey of 1,350 IT business decision-makers in 14 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Of the 1,350 respondents, 300 were based in North America (Canada and U.S.).
Overwhelmingly, North American respondents report a rise in the number of IoT devices connecting to their networks over the last year. Among the connected trash cans, light bulbs and hand sanitizer stations, one red flag emerged: 35% of North American respondents said they need to make a lot of improvements to the way they approach IoT security, and 17% said that a complete overhaul is needed, amounting to more than half of those polled.
Nearly 1 in 5 of those surveyed at North American organizations with at least 1,000 …
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