Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 23 - Page 42

FEATURE: IOT Compromises Haritha Ramachandran, Associate Director, Digital Transformation Practice at Frost & Sullivan across traditional sectors such as manufacturing are utilised, and the need to improve the life cycle of the asset through targeted maintenance support and monitoring • Government driven initiatives to go smart. This includes smart cities driven by the pillars of smart government, smart energy, smart transportation, smart citizens, smart education, smart health, smart security and smart buildings. These have been part of mega projects across UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, both from a greenfield and brownfield project perspective • Customer experience management within retail, banking and telecom has also been a pervasive driver Frost & Sullivan’s Ramachandran also lists the top three regional inhibitors from an adoption standpoint: • The lack of security has been a question mark amongst many decision makers. This ties into the need to move to the cloud to store the data generated • The lack of global standards with reference to security, interoperability as well as the customised needs of the region, including the need for a device to withstand extreme heat, are still question marks that inhibit adoption 42 INTELLIGENTCIO Morten Illum is Vice President of EMEA at Aruba HPE • Lack of regulations from a cloud, security and IoT standpoint specific to the GCC as a region or each country is definitely lacking and limiting installations to simpler ones such as basic fleet management or asset tracking and management “A new study conducted by Cisco shows that 60% of IoT initiatives stall at the proof of concept stage and only 26% of companies have had an IoT initiative that they considered a complete success.” “From 3,100 companies surveyed by HPE Aruba, 84% reported experiencing an IoT-related breach. Across industries like healthcare, government, manufacturing and retail, there are literally thousands of use cases that are relying on IoT. Each one demands a different type of device, potentially a different security protocol, and this creates endless threats. We need to be able to see these devices, and where they are connecting, to be able to protect them,” says Jose Vasco, Regional Director, MEMA at Aruba HPE. Below is a top four list of industries that have suffered the most IoT-related breaches. Healthcare 89% have suffered an IoT related security breach. By 2019, 87% of healthcare organisations will have adopted IoT technology. Patient monitors and X-ray imaging devices are some of the most-used IoT devices, to create services like location tracking and remote control of devices. Knowing the location of medical devices is a huge benefit to patient wellbeing, but security fears cast a big shadow. Nearly half 49%, of healthcare companies reported malware issues on their devices, and 39% reported that human error led to an IoT-related security breach. Government 85% have suffered an IoT related security breach. When adding new elements to a city infrastructure, governments must balance old and new technology. In the case of IoT, it is about balancing legacy technology with a secure network to create the smart city, and 49% of government workers find this a particular challenge. Governments are further behind in their adoption of IoT than some industries; 35% of IT decision makers within government roles claim that leadership has little or no understanding of IoT. This lack of understanding, with limitations of legacy technology within cities and security risks associated with IoT