Neustar reveals top IoT concerns for UK in 2016

The top concerns of UK IT departments in 2016 will be a growth in data volumes, which will cause network stress in order to keep the extra data safe in the Internet of Things (IoT).

New research commissioned by Neustar and compiled by Quocirca shows that scaling out to many thousands of devices in each organisation creates new opportunities but also causes problems as the security measures required for these new devices must be equal to what's already on the network. 

Quocirca surveyed 100 senior UK IT managers. Three percent felt that the IoT is “overhyped”, but the majority said that the IoT has already impacted their company (37 percent) or will in the near future (45 percent). 

Survey respondents felt the IoT will grow through vehicles, buildings and cities on the national and global level. Almost half (47 percent) have begun scanning IoT devices for vulnerabilities and almost one-third (29 percent) will do so soon.

“The new UK-focused research contained in this report highlights that businesses looking to deploy IoT should consider a decentralised security and management model, as this would have the combined effect of reducing data volumes and relieving the considerable strain on networks,” said Jim Zerbe, vice president of product management at Neustar.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents have DDoS protection set to go, while 31 percent are planning deployment. The report discovered that there is no major difference between crucial IoT users and cautious users since DDoS attacks have been a concern for a long time.

“Sceptic or otherwise, the IoT is now relevant to all organisations. Whether IoT applications are deployed to help IT function, driven by lines of business or through devices introduced by end users, various practices will need adapting to accommodate the millions of things involved which will, over time, dwarf the number of traditional IT endpoints,” explained Bob Tarzey, analyst and director at Quocirca. 

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