Getting to know the “enemy with no face” is critical to winning the cyber war. In fact, it’s the tagline from the U.S. Army’s latest cyber warrior recruitment ad. Yet, one of the biggest challenges to doing so is that most organizations have zero visibility into a significant percentage of the endpoints on their network. That’s because they are either not managed (BYOD, guest, and IoT), have disabled or broken agents, or aren’t detected by periodic scans.
Hackers are ruthless in their persistence and fortitude. It can take weeks or months for them to gather intelligence on your IT vulnerabilities, penetrate your network, and exfiltrate your precious data. But they know, and statistics prove this, that, for the most part, their victims have no idea that their network infrastructure is under attack – until it’s too late.
We all know that the Internet of Things (IoT) is here. But IT professionals responsible for enterprise communications networks aren’t exactly sure where IoT resides on their networks or whether these devices are secured. Rogue devices are everywhere (although not all are out to steal the blueprints to the Death Star) but according to a survey sponsored by ForeScout Technologies, only 30% are confident that they know what IoT devices are on their network.