IT security specialists look to IoT devices for information
November 8, 2018
An increasing number of IT security professionals believe IoT devices will become a better source for general opinion, general news and discussions on IT security than traditional media such as online web sites and magazines.
This is according to a survey by Origin Comms, a UK-based information security and technology specialist. It found that while traditional media such as online web sites and magazines would remain popular for media consumption within the IT security community, other sources may be gaining traction among more tech-savvy IT security professionals.
When asked where they will source their cyber security content in five years’ time, there was a notable increase in the numbers claiming they would use internet of things (IoT) devices and social media in the future for general opinion, general news, product reviews and announcements.
Blogs are also expected to rise in five years’ time as a key source of information. Eleven per cent more IT security decision makers suggested they would be reading blogs for thought leadership and for general news than they currently do, while 14% more will be using blogs for tech support information. This shift comes as increasingly savvy companies are turning to blogs to complement their communications arsenal.
The research also highlighted that legacy media such as newsprint, TV and radio are a waning source of news when it comes to IT security information. News environment and news consumption practices are changing rapidly and the findings of the research reinforce a decline in legacy media and illustrate how habits in media consumption and news engagement are heavily stratified by the IT security sector.
Newspapers (5%), TV (4%) and radio (0%) are virtually ignored as news sources, along with general news web sites (8%), whereas IT security-specific sites (59%) and IT sites (58%) lead the way as most popular news sources amongst IT security professionals, closely followed by IT security magazines (40%).
The corporate world continues to move at pace with limited opportunity to sit and read a newspaper or magazine from front to back for example. Time is of the essence, whether IT security professionals are reading on their laptop (50%), smartphone (35%) or tablet (11%) they have little time at their disposal. They’ll also only spend seven minutes on average reading an article, so it’s vital to make an impact early on. Relevance (74%) and interesting facts (72%) will make them read on, so it pays to steer clear of corporate soundbites and be as honest and informative as possible, says the researcher.
Despite the lack of time to read, and the decline in print media consumption, 77% of IT security professionals still believe there’s at least one subscription worth paying for. Online magazines (44%) and journals (39%) are most popular in this regard. The longevity and accessibility of online subscriptions make them particularly appealing, and the ease in which news can be read and shared online certainly has its advantages over the print counterparts.
“Whether IT security professionals are viewing content online, via subscription, from a mobile or via an IoT device, this research should help guide those who oversee public relations activities for their organisations to ensure they are not operating in the dark, without guidance or a clear sense of direction” said Paula Averley, founder and director of Origin Comms. “Media consumption trends are clearly evolving within the IT security sector and, as PR practitioners, we continue to adjust and find ways of exploring new media opportunities. This research aims to help our clients, and prospective clients, to do the same.”
She said that technology had certainly proved a disruptive, but exciting new medium for delivering content and she wanted her clients to recognise the significance of the content they provided, and the value for them in understanding why, how and who that content is shared with and how this would change in years to come.
“Ensuring they are targeting the right audience, through the right means, and making them content creators and curators, to provide unprecedented detail on industry issues, is our objective,” Averley said.
The research was conducted by Vanson Bourne, an independent specialist in market research for the technology sector. Vanson Bourne interviewed 100 IT decision makers in the UK during June 2018. Respondents to this research came from a variety of sectors.
Origin Comms is a UK information security and technology public relations specialist agency that provides services within the high-tech, cloud, mobile, data, storage and information security sectors.