The proliferation of IoT devices, particularly in the workplace, has left businesses with a new set of security challenges to deal with. For any company considering investing in IoT devices, it is important to understand the nature of these challenges and how to address them.
One of the biggest challenges to enterprise IoT adoption is shadow IT. Normally, an organization’s IT department must authenticate and maintain comprehensive visibility over all devices connected to the network. In addition, the large amount of unstructured data that these devices collect broadens the attack surface in the absence of reliable analysis and interpretation.
IoT devices are notorious for data privacy issues, which may serve as an avenue for social engineering and phishing attacks against employees. Other major challenges of IoT devices to enterprise security include ambiguous standards for security and a general lack of security hygiene.