AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and Trustonic are joining forces to innovate in the security space. They’ll use their combined expertise to help tackle today’s top Internet of Things (IoT) security challenges.
This IoT Cybersecurity Alliance combines industry-leading security providers and IoT experts. The group will research and raise awareness of ways to better secure the IoT ecosystem.
The group said it won’t set standards but will conduct research, educate consumers and businesses, and influence standards and policies.
‘The Alliance vows to jointly research problems in major IoT use cases such as connected cars, health care, industrial IoT, and so-called smart cities’m according to PC World.
AT&T says that in the past 3 years it has seen a 3,198% increase in attackers scanning for vulnerabilities in IoT devices.
Mo Katibeh, AT&T senior vice president of Advanced Solutions saidL “The explosive growth in the number of IoT devices is only expected to continue; therefore, so must the associated cybersecurity protections. Today’s businesses are connecting devices ranging from robots on factory floors to pacemakers and refrigerators. Helping these organizations stay protected requires innovation across the whole IoT ecosystem to enable sustainable growth.”
“Be it a connected car, pacemaker or coffee maker, every connected device is a potential new entry point for cyberattacks,” said AT&T Chief Security Officer Bill O’Hern. “Yet, each device requires very different security considerations. It’s become essential for industry leaders and innovators like those in the founding members of this Alliance, to work together to help the industry find more holistic security approaches for IoT.”
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