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Poll Results: Smart Enterprises, Dumb Homes

At work, security pros have their fingers on some pretty cutting-edge technology. But are their homes souped up, too?

Security pros have their fingers on some pretty cutting-edge technology. After all, that's what they need to safeguard their organizations and stay as many steps ahead of attackers as possible.

So you might think these tech-savvy folks would be equally eager to own the latest and greatest innovations on the homefront — stuff like smart TVs and speakers, mobile-controlled thermostats and lighting, and video-connected doorbells, to name a few. Right?


In The Edge's most recent poll, we asked readers to tell us, on a scale of 1 to 5, how "smart" is your home? "Dumb" was the resounding answer, chosen by 69% of 305 respondents. But like most things in life, dumb comes in many flavors, so for this poll survey takers had their choice of two: "dumb as a rock and that's how I like it" (cited by 44%) and the slightly scaled-back "pretty dumb" (25%).

Then we have the moderates — another 25% who said they're all about "striking a cost-effective balance between tech enthusiasm and security caution." Finally, barely 4% labeled their abodes "wicked smart," while only five brave individuals (under 2%) replied "highly intelligent, voice-activated IoT everywhere. Can't wait for my thought-activated IoT."

As vulnerabilities in Internet of Things (IoT) devices continue to proliferate, leaving devices and homes open to attack, could it make sense to follow our pollsters' lead?

(Maybe, just maybe, being a security professional means you're too smart to have a smart home?) 

Take The Edge's new poll.

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User Rank: Strategist
10/24/2019 | 9:21:42 AM
A good balance
I am one of the 50/50 voters. I find that keeping a good balance is safer for the family, but also allows me to feel I have control of my home. With the new discoveries of Voice activation abuse, my home doesn't allow it until full privacy is able to be achieved and protected. I do have voice controls for my TV, but I am assuming it only records when I push the button. I also use my own internet/networking equipment. I do not allow my ISP to put thier devices in my home. I want full control over access and patching. I also invest in top of the line routers that offer firewall, AV, and other security features that I can monitor and control. Too often I find my neighbors are unware their ISP modem has allowed open access to their WiFi due to a firmware patch reset the settings or their kid reset the modem. I will not use enterprise level or old enterprise network devices, due to the complexitiy that can come from trying to get it updated, get back online when it goes offline, and the size. I need to make sure my wife can quickly get access to the device and proplery reboot it whenever a issue arises. She does work from home at times and if the internet goes down, I cannot always be there to get it back up. Stirking a 50/50 balance allows for better control, privacy, and overall secure state of mind without losing the cool appeal.
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