Internet of Things to Stress Enterprise Networks
The survey also revealed almost two-thirds of respondents (63 percent) believe the Internet of things to be a threat to network security.While many enterprises feel prepared for the impending era of the Internet of things (IoT), there may not be enough network capacity to handle the demand that will accompany an anticipated explosion in the number of connected devices, according to a survey by Infoblox. For instance, more than half (57 percent) of survey respondents reported their current network is already at full capacity, and a similar number (54 percent) see network infrastructure management as a high priority for their organizations. "It’s encouraging that the majority of IT professionals recognize the demands the IoT will make on their networks," Cricket Liu, chief infrastructure officer at Infoblox, said in a statement. "Network administrators have struggled in recent years to stay on top of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, and the IoT will create an increase in end points that is an order of magnitude greater." The survey of 400 IT professionals, conducted in the United States and the United Kingdom, revealed that despite overall trends toward flat or very low-growth IT budgets, 89 percent believe they’re very or quite likely to receive more budget in the next year to respond to IoT demands, and 73 percent believe the same to be true for staffing.
"With so many objects and IP addresses being added, it’s important for network teams to keep track of what’s on their network at any given point, and also to bear in mind all these objects and IP addresses are potential weak links in an organization’s IT infrastructure," Liu said.