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December 8, 2015

Data volumes and network stress will be top IoT concerns

News: Thinking about IoT? Consider decentralised security.

By CBR Staff Writer

A UK survey of IT leaders claimed that data volumes and network stress will be the top Internet of Things (IoT) concerns for the IT departments.

About 100 senior UK IT managers participated in study, which found that the resulting explosion in data volumes will begin to overwhelm their networks in 2016, leading to security concerns.

According to the report’s findings the scaling out to several devices per organisation represents new opportunities and the similar security rigor as well as vigilance applied to traditional IT devices must be expanded to all connected things.

About 3% of respondents think the IoT is overhyped, however 37% said it has already impacted their organisation and 45% said it will soon.

The IoT is anticipated to scale up through vehicles, buildings, cities to the national and worldwide level.

66% of respondents said viewing IoT deployment being a series of hubs that interoperate with spokes on closed networks makes network configuration and security more manageable.

47% of IT managers are already scanning IoT devices for vulnerabilities, and 29% are planning to do follow it.

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Nearly all of the respondents said DNS services is playing a key role for authenticating the identity of devices.

DDoS protection is already in place for 39% of respondents, with another 31% planning a deployment.

The research found that there is not much difference between major IoT users and sceptics as DDoS attacks have been a concern for several years, requiring to undertake more work for addressing the problem.

Business and IT advisory firm Quocirca carried out the research, which was commissioned by Neustar.

Neustar product management vice president Jim Zerbe said: "The new UK-focused research contained in this report highlights that businesses looking to deploy IoT should consider a decentralized security and management model, as this would have the combined effect of reducing data volumes and relieving the considerable strain on networks."

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