Fears mobile security lagging behind introduction of IoT
The pace of adoption of the internet of things (IoT) and other mobile technologies by business is outstripping the introduction of equivalent cybersecurity measures.
That’s according to a new report from US telecommunications firm Verizon Wireless, entitled the ‘Verizon Mobile Security Index 2020’. The third in a yearly series, and partly consisting of a survey of 876 IoT and mobile security professionals, some of the key findings included the fact that only 13% of businesses had four “basic protections”, namely: regular testing of security systems, encryption, access management and an absence of default passwords.
The threat is very real, with 39% surveyed saying that they had suffered a “mobile-security-related” breach, of which 66% went on to call the impact “major” and 55% said the incident had had lasting repercussions.
In an accompanying press release, Bryan Sartin, executive director, global security services, said: “In today’s world, mobile connectivity is more important than ever. Organizations of all sizes and in all industries rely on mobile devices to run much of the day to day operations, so mobile security is a priority. The types of devices, diverse applications and further emergence of IoT devices further complicate security. Everyone has to be deliberate and diligent about mobile security to protect themselves and their customers.”
As for what companies can do to combat such breaches, Verizon recommended a specific focus on putting security first. The 43% of correspondents that had “sacrificed” mobile security were duly twice as likely to have an incident.
That report dovetails with attendant worries about the further vulnerabilities IoT’s reliance on 5G introduces to the mix, with Verizon saying that 80% of organisations would use mobile means as their primary means of accessing cloud services within the next five years. It’s a prescient issue, considering that another recent report suggesting that, by 2025, 5% of all 5G connections will be from IoT-enabled objects.
Non-IT experts ‘to build majority of tech products by 2024’
80% of technology products and services will be built by non-technology professions by 2024, says research firm Gartner.
This is according to a new report from Gartner, which claims a new category of buyers outside the traditional IT organisation is now responsible for a growing share of the overall IT market.
“Digital business is treated as a team sport by CEOs and no longer the sole domain of the IT department,” said Rajesh Kandaswamy, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “Growth in digital data, low-code development tools and artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted development are among the many factors that enable the democratistion of technology development beyond IT professionals.”
COVID-19 Accelerating Technology
Technology has started expanding into all areas of business, creating demand for products and services outside IT departments. In 2023, Gartner anticipates that US$30 billion in revenue will be generated by products and services that did not exist pre-pandemic. Gartner analysts said the rapid expansion of cloud services, digital business initiatives, and remote services opened the door for new possibilities in integrations and optimisation.
The research found that COVID-19 also reduced barriers for those outside of IT to create technology-based solutions by providing an entry point for anyone who was able to serve pandemic-induced needs. Gartner said technology providers are now finding themselves increasingly entering markets related to, or in competition with, nontechnology providers, including innovative firms in financial services and retail.
Gartner expects high-profile announcements of technology launches from nontech companies to proliferate over the next 12 months.
“The availability of business technologists provides new sources of innovation and the ability to get work done. Thus, technology and service providers will need to extend their sourcing of ideas and technology development into new communities, whether they are based on citizen development, their own customer communities or other sources,” said Kandaswamy