Researches find that Shadow IoT devices are a major concern for corporate IT departments
Shadow IT devices are defined as IoT devices or sensors in active use within an organisation without the IT department's knowledge
Infoblox released research that found that corporate IT departments are becoming concerned about the threat posed by shadow IoT devices on enterprise networks.
The report, “What’s Lurking in the Shadows 2020” surveyed 2,650 IT professionals across the US, UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and UAE to understand the state of shadow IoT in modern enterprises. These shadow IoT devices can be any device that connects to enterprise technology and isn't managed by the organisation's IT department. The survey found that over the past 12 months, over 80% of IT professionals discovered shadow IoT devices connected to their network.
Ashraf Sheet, Regional Director Middle East & Africa at Infoblox said, “In the Middle East, awareness of the risk of shadow IoT devices has grown significantly, yet IoT devices remain an open portal for cybercriminals looking to attack a network. It’s clear that regional businesses are prioritizing safety, but they are still bogged down by a lack of skilled staff and the increasing number of shadow devices connecting to their infrastructure. Because of this, network and security professionals must actively manage the threat introduced by shadow devices and integrate new network security solutions.”