Most consumers are confident they can manage security around their connected devices. Most of the business professionals responsible for such things are not.
There’s a huge confidence gap in the security of Internet of Things devices between the average consumer and cyber security technology professionals, based on a wide-ranging global study by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, known as ISACA
The annual Risk/Reward Barometer comprised a survey of 7,000 ISACA members in 140 countries. An additional 5,400 consumer surveys were conducted by M/A/R/C Research, 1,200 of which were in the U.S.
The majority (64%) of U.S. consumers said they are confident that they can control their security on IoT devices they own. Not so with business professionals.
In a parallel survey, only 20% of cyber security professionals felt the same way, with 77% saying that manufacturers are not implementing sufficient security in IoT devices.
This will take on even great significance as the number of internet-connected devices proliferates.
A large number of connected devices already are in the marketplace, based on the study.
There is a wide range of IoT devices that consumers said they owned. Here’s the breakdown of U.S. ownership:
And then there’s the wish list of what consumers said they would like to get in the next 12 months. Here’s what consumers want:
At any of the many conferences relating to the Internet of Things, security is always front and center in the discussions.
Meanwhile, consumers acquiring and using IoT devices have an expectation that their devices are secure. The pressure is not on them to make sure that is the case.