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But more than a third of respondents (37 percent) said they believed concerns over IoT security are nothing more than hype.
Staying in the Loop
The Internet of Things could make it more difficult for IT leaders to "stay in the loop" as more devices are added to enterprise networks. In fact, 56 percent of respondents agreed that it was hard for IT managers to control where IoT deployments are implemented across the business.
And 45 percent of IT pros acknowledged that they do not get sufficient information from line-of-business leaders to manage those deployments. Even so, 74 percent said their organizations have integrated IoT deployment plans that require IT involvement before any IoT deployments are authorized.
"These results, while seemingly in conflict, align with what Infoblox customers are telling us anecdotally," Liu said. "IT departments have a seat at the table when business units -- such as operations, manufacturing, marketing, sales and customer service -- want to move forward with IoT deployments. But these business units often get deep into the buying process before calling IT, sometimes forcing IT to scramble to provide support for devices that lack the full set of connectivity and security protocols found in established categories such as PCs, tablets and smartphones."
How To Prepare for IOT
There are several steps network managers can take to get ready for the Internet of Things, according to Infoblox. For one thing, IT should have a seat at the table early in the IoT deployment planning, before any buying decisions are made.
Network managers should also set network access policies for "things" that prevent inefficient use of network resources and preserve network security. They should also assess control and automation systems to ensure the network team isn't overwhelmed by manual tasks as IoT devices come on line.