IT organizations have been undergoing a fundamental shift in the types of devices they have to support that have been connecting to the network in the past decade. The days are long gone when IT staff had to support only desktops and laptops. Mobile BYOD devices represented the first wave of devices to change the status quo in terms of opening up the network beyond corporate owned devices.
IoT devices are the new wave of devices that are connecting to enterprise networks. While these devices bring with them ease of use and management along with monitoring capabilities by virtue of being IP enabled, they also present unique challenges for enterprise security teams. Previously adopted security practices have to be relooked at to mitigate risk and ensure compliance to policies in light of the changing threat landscape.
The increased attack surface is proving to be a new vector of attack that hackers are using to gain access into other parts of the network through lateral movement.