Majority of Consumers Believe IoT Needs Security Built In

Majority of Consumer Believe IoT Needs Security Built In

Respondents to a global survey say Internet of Things security is a shared responsibility between consumers and manufacturers.

While 90% of consumers across six different countries expect security to be built into their Internet of Things devices, the question about who should be responsible for implementing IoT security is divided, according to a survey released today by Irdeto.

The Irdeto Global Consumer IoT Security Survey, which queried 7,882 consumers in the US, Brazil, China, Germany, India, and the UK, reports that 15% of respondents believe consumers are responsible for implementing the security, while 20% say manufacturers should play that role. Overall, however, 56% believe it is the responsibility of both the consumer and manufacturer.

“While consumers across the globe believe that IoT devices need to have security manufactured into the product in order to prevent against cyberattacks, it’s encouraging that they also recognize the important role they play in IoT security,” says Mark Hearn, director of IoT security at Irdeto, in a statement.

The survey reports that 89% of respondents have at least one connected device in their home and of this group 81% have more than one IoT device. Among the six countries included in the survey, India has the most IoT users with 97% of residents having at least one IoT device in their home. The US has the fewest, with only 80%. 

Read more about the survey here

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