Consumers Worried About IoT Security, Survey Finds
According to the BullGuard survey, users are concerned about the security of their IoT devices, but most don't know how to protect themselves.A recent survey by mobile security technology vendor BullGuard highlighted not only how popular the Internet of things is becoming, but the security issues it raises. The survey of more than 6,000 residents in the UK found a disconnect between the growing number of people interested in buying Internet of things (IoT) devices and their abilities to secure those devices. More than a quarter of respondents said they are planning to buy IoT devices in the next 12 months. However, 66 percent of them are concerned about attacks against their devices, and 57 percent are worried about privacy breaches. Meanwhile, 72 percent do not know how to configure a wireless router in a way to protect a home network, and even 22 percent of consumers who say they have advanced technical skills are not confident that they have the ability to keep their connected devices secure. The conflict between the demand for connected devices and the users' inability to secure them or the networks they're on presents challenges, according to BullGuard CEP Paul Lipman. "Most of us have been working with Internet- connected devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets for some time, but the Internet of things is changing our perception of personal security, for both ourselves and our data," Lipman said in a statement. "It's not just those who consider themselves 'technophobes' that have these concerns—tech-savvy users are saying the same.” He added that “consumers are clearly not equipped to handle the myriad of security risks presented by connected devices."
The IoT is growing rapidly. Cisco Systems officials expect the number of connected devices—from cars and industrial systems to home appliances, security systems and children's toys—to grow from 25 billion in 2014 to more than 50 billion by 2020. Other vendors and industry analyst firms have varying numbers, but all expect a fast uptake.