& cplSiteName &

Service Providers Get High Marks for IoT Security

Denise Culver
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
3/5/2018
50%
50%

Any organization that's considering implementing Internet of Things (IoT) will quickly learn two things: IoT creates a ton of new opportunities and IoT introduces a ton of security issues.

But the overwhelming majority of IoT specialists in Heavy Reading's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) say service providers are doing a really good job of preparing their networks for IoT security, as found in the newest TLC report, IoT Focus Group: Service Providers Assured About IoT Security. Council members, who are experts in IoT, were asked a series of ten questions about the state of IoT security in terms of technology, revenues and budgeting and future expectations.

In fact, 77% of TLC members gave their companies either an A or B grade for overall knowledge regarding security for IoT. One TLC member who gave an A score explained, "Many companies focus only a single component of a security solution, whereas our knowledge spans end to end. Also, our company has a long history of investigating security breaches to provide insight into threats and the current state of IoT security."

Only 15% of TLC members said their customers expect them to provide all IoT security. By and large, forum members said, service providers are expected to provide IoT security, but their customers also are taking precautions on their end to secure IoT. One panelist drew the following correlation, "A homeowner can install a great lock on the door, but the he still needs to take precautions, such as utilizing the provided security mechanisms (i.e., turning the door lock) and making sure that other risks are addressed (such as remembering to close and lock windows, unplug the coffee pot, etc.)."

Another key takeaway in the report is that almost 40% of TLC members expect that their service provider companies will never experience an IoT security breach. One such panelist said, "We have cutting-edge technology to prevent a breach." The remaining TLC members injected a bit more reality into the picture by stating that IoT breaches have already occurred or they expect them to within the next two years.

TLC is a Heavy Reading research initiative that consists of panels of CSP experts focused on key areas of telecom development, including B/OSS transformation, SD-WAN, automation, 5G, Emerging Technologies & Services (Project 2025) and IoT. Members participate in Q&A forums several times a year, and all information disclosed by Council members remains anonymous.

— Denise Culver, Director of Online Research, Heavy Reading

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
More Blogs from Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
UK mobile operator Three UK is undergoing a revamp of its radio access network and supporting IT systems.
The use of artificial intelligence by telcos is currently limited, but the Acumos AI Project looks set to make machine learning applications more easily created and readily available.
Cable is moving in on the wireless market, with many exciting opportunities opening up across the board, including in WiFi, mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and 5G.
On July 27, Nick Read will become Vodafone Group CEO designate before assuming the role of Group CEO on October 1. What can we expect from the operator's current CFO once he's in the hot seat?
More than half the communications services providers surveyed for this report expect to have 5G backhaul ready by 2020, even though they still do not know which vendors they plan to use for this step.
Featured Video
From The Founder
John Chambers is still as passionate about business and innovation as he ever was at Cisco, finds Steve Saunders.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
September 12, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 6, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
Adtran Will Be a 5G Winner, Says Analyst
Iain Morris, News Editor, 7/19/2018
Trump Trashes EU's $5B Google Fine
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 7/19/2018
Get Off My Wireline Lawn!
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/17/2018
Eurobites: EU Socks Google With $5B Monster-Fine for Android Control-Freakery
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 7/18/2018
Sensors Working Overtime: T-Mobile NB-IoT Goes Nationwide
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 7/19/2018
Upcoming Webinars
Webinar Archive
Animals with Phones
Casual Tuesday Takes On New Meaning Click Here
When you forget your pants.
Latest Comment
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed