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The Internet of Things battle has just begun, Fortinet Malaysia says

AvantiKumar | July 2, 2014
Fortinet Malaysia's Michelle Ong unveils the network security firm's global survey findings.

She said consumers look to their government for data regulation with 42 percent of respondents around the world stated that their government should regulate collected data, whereas 11 percent said that regulation should be enforced by an independent, non-government organization. In Malaysia, 41 percent agreed that the government should regulate collected data.

Users look to device manufacturers for security, said Ong. If a vulnerability was discovered in a connected home device, 48 percent of all surveyed agreed that the device manufacturer is responsible for updating/patching their device.  However, nearly 31 percent responded with "as a homeowner, it is my responsibility to make sure that the device is up to date."

Malaysians responded similarly with 59 percent putting the responsibility on the device manufacturer, she added.

Ong said the "next looming battle concerns secure home routers versus clean pipes. There seems to be a clear schism worldwide, including Malaysia, when homeowners were asked about how connected home devices should be secured.  In nearly equal proportion were those who replied, 'a home router should provide protection," versus those who said, 'my Internet provider should provide protection.'"

Forty percent of homeowners are willing to pay for a connected home, with another 48 percent 'maybe' willing to pay, said Ong. Similar to the rest of the world, Malaysian homeowners would pay more; less than 27 percent said that they would not.

"The Internet of Things promises many benefits to end-users, but also presents grave security and data privacy challenges," said Ong. "Crossing these hurdles will require clever application of various security technologies, including remote connection authentication, virtual private networks between end-users and their connected homes, malware and botnet protection, and application security - applied on premises, in the cloud and as an integrated solution by device manufacturers."

Research for the Internet of Things: Connected Home survey was conducted by GMI, a division of Lightspeed Research. Each respondent claimed to be a homeowner between the ages of 20-50, and was determined to have substantial technology experience.  The survey was administered in the following countries: Malaysia, Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States.



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