A new report has revealed that more than 90 per cent of IT security professionals said that connected devices will be a significant security issue this year.

However, the research by Pwnie Express found that some 66 per cent of respondents aren't sure how many devices are in their environment.

The Internet of Evil Things (IoET) report found a common view among many IT leaders – that the Internet of Things (IoT) is currently posing a real risk to companies, but that security programs are not keeping up-to-date.

According to the research, IT leaders do understand the threats facing their companies, but they don't have the necessary solutions to address these threats. This includes IoT malware, like Mirai, which was used to attack internet infrastructure company Dyn using connected webcams last year.

Pwnie Express chief executive Paul Paget explained: “Mirai demonstrated what the right malware could do if unleashed onto poorly configured or inadequately secured devices.

“When you consider the exploding number of connected devices, many with poorly configured or no security and the fact that security teams can't see these devices, it becomes clear that security programs need to shift spending to adapt more quickly.”

One in five of the survey respondents (20 per cent) said their IoT devices were hit with ransomware attacks last year. A further 16 per cent of respondents say they experienced man-in-the-middle attacks through IoT devices.

The survey also revealed that mobile phones will be the “attack vector of the future,” becoming an extra attack surface and another mode of rogue access points taking advantage of unencrypted wireless networks to set up man-in-the-middle attacks.

This points to the importance of the right mobile device management solution for businesses with bring your own device (BYOD) policies in place.

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