A new customer survey that polled more than 9,100 individuals revealed the importance of strong security solution in an IoT device. Nine out of ten people believe that strong security solution is essential inside any connected device, while more than 81% people stated that any device without stout security solution has the potential to be hacked.
The study looked at six different countries of the world: Germany, the UK, India, Brazil, China, and the US. The study also showed that older generation was much more concerned about the security of connected devices compared to the millennials. More than 84% were curious to know where the connected technology is headed. Comparatively, only 71% of the millennials were interested in the security of IoT devices and connected technology.
When the candidates were polled about the responsible party for security implementation, among manufacturers or consumers, 67% answered that the responsibility should be on the shoulder of both parties. Both end-users and manufacturers should scuff up innovative ideas to tackle the clever tricks of cybercriminals and hackers. On the other hand side, 17% consumers believe that they are responsible, while 23% argued that manufacturers should integrate stout security solutions before launching their products in the market.
In China, 37% mentioned that manufacturers were the responsible party for a weak security solution. Whereas in Brazil, 27% said that end-users should take care of the security of connected appliances. Besides that, the study also revealed that Germans were not concerned about the security of their connected devices, and Brazilians were the ones to show primary concern about their device getting hacked.
According to Mark Hearn, director of IoT security at Irdeto “Today’s connected world needs consumers to be vigilant about security threats. On the device manufacturer side, there must be a better “defense-in-depth” approach to cyber security that integrates multiple layers of security into a system. This approach, combined with ongoing security updates to protect against the latest threats, is critical to mitigating attacks targeting IoT technologies.”
Hence, both manufacturers and end-user should be concerned about the security of their connected devices. Manufacturers must try to design devices with robust security protocols to tackle recent web threats, whereas consumers should only buy devices with the highest level of security. In this way, we can initiate our steps towards a better-connected work.