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Companies fail to run devices by cybersecurity staff

An internet connected refridgerator
A Samsung internet-connected refridgerator debuting at the 2016 CES expo. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

An unscientific survey released today from the cybersecurity firm Pwnie Express suggests as few as 31% of companies involve their cybersecurity personnel in all device purchases.

Why it matters: Devices can range from medical equipment to manufacturing robots, to internet connected coffee makers. All of them can be involved cyber attacks. A poorly secured internet-connected toaster can provide a foothold for an attacker, while attackers could down a poorly secured industrial system and shut down an assembly line.