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What BYOD can teach us about dealing with shadow IoT

October 30, 2019 / BOB SLEVIN

A decade ago, when the practice of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) became popular it raised significant security concerns. Now those concerns have largely passed as we’ve become comfortable with employees using their own smart devices. In its place, another security risk is coming to the fore: shadow IoT. Research shows that shadow IoT is one of the major security threats to any large enterprise. Shadow IoT refers to any internet of things (IoT) devices or sensors in active use within an enterprise of which the IT department has no knowledge. This is significant considering that in a global survey, one-third of respondents had more than 1000 shadow IoT devices connected to their network every day. Another showed that 100% of respondents had rogue consumer devices on their network, and over 90% had discovered previously undetected IoT wireless networks.