Story image

New research prompts businesses to get ready for ‘EoT’

23 Oct 2017

Blackberry recently released the revealing findings from a new global research whitepaper that surveyed IT decision makers on corporate IoT deployments.

The report was conducted by 451 Research to uncover the huge opportunities of IoT for enterprises (EoT) – but also the significant risks it poses.

“The proliferation of IoT is being led by enterprises, and they continue to require a unified endpoint management strategy that is capable of scaling to handle billions of connected devices,” says Marty Beard, chief operating officer, BlackBerry.

“We are focused on securing the EoT because for all its promise, the expanding adoption of connected things means that companies are only as secure as their most vulnerable endpoint.”

200 enterprise IT decision makers from wide range of vertical industries in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Netherlands, Singapore, Norway, China and Austria were surveyed in the report.

78 of respondents indicated interest in a solution that allows them to manage all their endpoints in one place.

While this clearly shows imminent transformation, 63 percent noted that security is the top concern regarding digital technologies and processes. Despite this, only 37 percent actually have a formal digital transformation strategy in place.

The report found organisations are least prepared against external threats, with 61 percent citing hackers and cyberwarfare as their top concerns.

39 percent of respondents from very large organisations (more than 10,000 employees) revealed that a lack of collaboration among internal departments is a potential barrier to unified endpoint management, while 51 percent of mid-sized organisations felt the same way.

BlackBerry’s vice president of APAC, Paul Crighton says the EoT is a very exciting space.

“While smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are considered as ‘business as usual’, we see a lot of new types of devices being considered in the workplace such as wearables and head-worn glasses,” says Crighton.

“This is the new normal, and we believe businesses are in a strong position to take advantage of the wide range of possibilities these will offer.”

Crighton says with this influx of connected devices, security will become even more business-critical.

“As the 451 Research report shows, EoT security is already fuelling conversations among the IT C-suite, but along with these new opportunities, EoT will represent a growing challenge for all organisations,” Crighton says.

“To succeed in a climate of constantly growing and evolving cyber threats, the EoT needs a layered security approach.”

Crighton says businesses need to take proactive steps towards building comprehensive and secure mobility strategies to move away from traditional MDM and EMM approaches and towards Unified Endpoint Enterprise Management (UEM) frameworks.

“CIOs, CSOs and heads of IT departments need to address these security challenges and collaborate with key business stakeholders to build holistic strategies that can protect the devices (the endpoint), but also and most importantly the data within, both inside and outside of the organisations’ walls,” Crighton says.

“The challenge lies in promoting collaboration and sharing of information without hindering information confidentiality and data security.”

Survey: IT pros nostalgic over on-prem data centre visibility
There are significant security and monitoring challenges faced by IT staff responsible for managing public and private cloud deployments.
61% of CIOs believe employees leak data maliciously
Egress conducted a survey to examine the root causes of employee-driven data breaches, their frequency, and impact.
Opinion: BYOD can be secure with the right measures
Companies that embrace BYOD are giving employees more freedom to work remotely, resulting in increased productivity, cost savings, and talent retention.
Sonatype and HackerOne partner on open source vulnerability reporting
Without a standard for responsible disclosure, even those who want to disclose vulnerabilities responsibly can get frustrated with the process.
OutSystems and Boncode team up for better code analysis
The Boncode and OutSystems alliance aims to help organisations to build fast and feel comfortable that the work they're delivering is at peak quality levels.
Nuance biometrics fight back against fraud
Nuance Communications has crunched the numbers and discovered that it has prevented more than US$1 billion worth of fraud from being passed on to users of its Nuance Security Suite.
SIS announces a partnership with Platform 4
“We are looking forward to a strong future in the New Zealand security industry with this global giant as our strategic partner."
Attacks targeting Cisco Webex extension explode in popularity - WatchGuard
WatchGuard's Internet Security Report for Q4 2018 also finds growing use of a new sextortion phishing malware customised to individual victims.