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Study: Most IT security professionals expect increase in cybersecurity attacks

Study reveals most organizations take additional precautions to secure industrial IoT


March 13, 2017
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PORTLAND, Ore.—Tripwire, Inc., a provider of security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a study conducted in partnership with Dimensional Research. The study looked at the rise of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) deployment in organizations, and to what extent it is expected to cause security problems in 2017.

IIoT are the connected devices in critical infrastructure segments such as energy, utilities, government, healthcare and finance. Tripwire’s study revealed that:

  • Ninety-six percent of those surveyed expect to see an increase in security attacks on IIoT in 2017;
  • Fifty-one percent said they do not feel prepared for security attacks that abuse, exploit or maliciously leverage insecure IIoT devices; and
  • Sixty-four percent said they already recognize the need to protect against IIoT attacks, as they continue to gain popularity among hackers.

“Industry professionals know that the Industrial Internet of Things security is a problem today—more than half of the respondents said they don’t feel prepared to detect and stop cyber attacks against IIoT,” said David Meltzer, chief technology officer at Tripwire. “There are only two ways this scenario plays out: Either we change our level of preparation or we experience the realization of these risks. The reality is that cyber attacks in the industrial space can have significant consequences in terms of safety and the availability of critical operations.”

The study’s respondents were also asked how they expect their organizations’ deployment of IIoT devices to change, and how it will affect their level of vulnerability. the survey found that:

  • Ninety percent expect IIoT deployment to increase;
  • Ninety-four percent expect IIoT to increase risk and vulnerability in their organizations; and
  • When respondents were broken down by company size, both larger companies (96 percent) and smaller companies (93 percent) expect a significant increase in risk caused by the use of IIoT.