RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Beware the latest security threat: Shadow IoT.

So says Silicon Valley security firm 802 Secure in a new report about what it describes as a threat to “infiltrate” corporate networks through Internet of Things-enabled devices and their wireless connections.

“While most organizations prepare for IOT enablement, our threat intelligence shows that most companies are still vulnerable to 10 year old wireless vulnerabilities,” said Mike Raggo, Chief Security and Threat Research Officer at 802 Secure.

In a report, the company, which is described at CrunchBase as providing “next-generation, wireless network security solutions and services,” warns:

  • 100% of the organizations had rogue consumer IoT wireless devices on the enterprise network
  • 90% of the organizations had Shadow IoT/IIoT wireless networks, undetected company-deployed wireless networks separate from the enterprise infrastructure.
  • Organizations are the victim of at least 1 wireless attack every week
  • Emerging threats include new wireless USB thumb drives and “spy cameras”

The company has developed what it calls “signal intelligent technology” that it says detects and assesses wireless risks.

As IoT and Industrial IoT networks are introduced at companies, 802 Secure warns that “organizations are blind to these IoT networks and devices across a plethora of new protocols and frequencies.”

Raggo added that “IoT introduces new operating systems, protocols, and wireless frequencies. Companies that rely on legacy security technologies are blind to this rampant IoT threat. Organizations need to broaden their view into these invisible devices and networks to identify rogue IoT devices on the network, visibility into shadow IoT networks, and detection of nearby threats such as drones and spy cameras.”

802 Security published an infographic about the threats (posted with this story) and is making its IoT Cloud Security report available for download. 

The four-year-old company raised $6 million in venture capital last year.