Cyber security ‘top concern for corporate IoT deployments’

Cyber security ‘top concern for corporate IoT deployments’ [Image: HYWARDS via iStock]

Cyber security is the top concern for corporate Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, according to new research commissioned by BlackBerry.

The report 'Securing the Enterprise of Things: Opportunity for securing IoT with a unified platform emerging as IoT popularity grows' found that 63 per cent of survey respondents believe  security concerns around digital technologies and processes are the biggest inhibitors to digital transformation.

A further 78 per cent of survey respondents said they would be interested if there were solutions available to manage all enterprise endpoints (both legacy and IoT). Another 15 per cent of respondents said they might consider one solution to manage all enterprise endpoints.

Meanwhile, 35 per cent of respondents from large organisations (with more than 10,000 employees) reported that they see no barriers to investigating unified endpoint management solutions, while 28 per cent of mid-sized organisations (999-9,999 employees) said the same.

Some 39 per cent of respondents from large organisations revealed that a lack of collaboration among internal departments is a potential barrier to unified endpoint management. A total of 51 per cent of mid-sized organisations believe this is a barrier.

BlackBerry said IT leaders must take action to ensure their departments are prepared to support the wider digital transformation goals of the organisation. The report found that IT is the department most likely to lead oversight of a joined mobility and IoT strategy, with seven out of ten respondents reporting that IT is responsible for defining their company’s mobility and IoT strategy.

IT is also largely responsible for key aspects in the deployment of the IoT. Nearly 50 per cent of respondents reported that IT is responsible for endpoint security, management and governance and device security.