Cyber attackers have already waged attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) devices to build massive botnets and launch crippling distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, knocking websites and online services offline. IT security professionals now fear that the rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) could open a dangerous new front in the cybersecurity war.
In a Tripwire survey of 403 technology professionals, administered by Dimensional Research, nearly all respondents (96 percent) said they expected an increase in security attacks aimed at the IIoT this year. Fifty-one percent admitted that they weren't prepared to defend against IIoT threats.
"Industry professionals know that the Industrial Internet of Things security is a problem today. More than half of the respondents said they don't feel prepared to detect and stop cyber attacks against IIoT,” said David Meltzer, chief technology officer at Tripwire, in a statement.