Dell Panel: BYOD, IoT Increase Security Challenges

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-07-27 Print this article Print
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That security awareness also needs to be inherent in the users, the panelists said. The problem not only comes from hackers on the outside, but also the people on the inside who continue to open attachments that contain malware or go to infected Websites. People need to be taught not to click on attachments they're not sure about, said David Wrenn, vice president of Dell partner Advanced Office Systems.

Corporations are seeing "the human factor behind it, and the sneakiness of the people behind it," Wrenn said.

"The people inside the build are just as dangerous as the people outside the building," said Michael Gray, director of IT solutions provider and Dell channel partner Thrive Networks, which is owned by Staples.

The oncoming Internet of things (IoT) will only add to the challenges, according the panelists. Cisco Systems is predicting that by 2020, there will be more than 50 billion devices connected worldwide, communicating with each other, exchanging data and opening up even more targets for cyber-criminals to attack.

It also puts the responsibility for securing all these machines and devices in the hands of people who often will have no training, Ferguson said. "In the IoT, the system administrator inside the home is my mom," he said, adding that another problem is that for many of these systems, no one is monitoring them. "If my thermostat was on the Internet right now, no one's going to watch it."

The challenge with the Internet of things is not only the massive numbers of devices, but also the wide range of diversity, and the fact that they're all going to be connected, Ferguson said.

"The Internet of things scares me, and my first reaction is to sleep with the lights on," he said. "But now a kid in China can turn the lights off."


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