IT leaders concerned about managing IoT access

An independent survey commissioned by certificate authority (CA) Global Sign and Tokyo-based GMO Cloud and carried out by Vanson Bourne  has found that IT decision makers in the US and the UK are increasingly concerned about their firm's ability to manage identities and handle access management as the Internet of Things (IoT) trend threatens to push more devices and apps onto the corporate network.

In the survey, 90 percent of senior IT executives in organisations with more than 1,000 employees said they were “somewhat concerned”, “very concerned” or “extremely concerned” about their organisations' identity relationship and access management (IRAM) capabilities, in light of the increasing rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programmes, flexible working, smart electronics and wearable technology.

In the US, 66 percent of surveyed IT executives ranked identity and network access as a matter they were either "extremely concerned" or "strongly concerned" about – with 21 percent rating this concern as "extreme". Yet in contrast, only 23 percent of UK respondents said that they were strongly or extremely concerned, with only three percent saying they were extremely concerned.

Results from the survey were largely consistent across company size, although in terms of sectors, nearly twice as many IT execs in financial services were extremely concerned about their organisation's identity and access management in the face of Internet of Things, compared to peers in manufacturing, retail and other sectors.

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