IoT Risks Highest in Physical Access Control Systems and Healthcare Systems

CPO Magazine

Alicia Hope

Forescout research found the Internet of things (IoT), Operational Technology (OT), and IT devices and systems within physical control access systems posed the most significant risks to organizations. Elevated IoT risks under these deployments are because IoT enabled devices could be targeted to grant entry into the corporate network or bypass physical authorization mechanisms via HVAC tampering. An example is when a casino was hacked through a thermometer in a fish tank. Similarly, people were locked out of their hotel rooms until a ransom was paid in Austria. The research analyzed 8 million devices deployed at 506 locations across the world. Forescout analyzed risk components across various industries such as financial services, healthcare,...

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