Key Vendors Form IoT Cybersecurity Alliance

Published On: February 27, 2017Categories: Buzz, Uncategorized

AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and Trustonic are joining forces to help tackle today’s top Internet of Things (IoT) security challenges. This newly formed IoT Cybersecurity Alliance will research and raise awareness of ways to better secure the IoT ecosystem.

As the number and kinds of connected devices multiply, so have the security risks. In the past 3 years, AT&T has seen a 3,198% increase in attackers scanning for vulnerabilities in IoT devices. In addition, according to a 2016 survey commissioned by AT&T, 58% of respondents said they were not confident in the security of their IoT devices.

“The explosive growth in the number of IoT devices is only expected to continue; therefore, so must the associated cybersecurity protections,” said Mo Katibeh, AT&T senior vice president of Advanced Solutions. “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.”

The alliance members plan to collaborate and research security challenges of IoT across verticals and use cases such as Connected Car, Industrial, Smart Cities and Healthcare; dissect and solve for IoT security problems at every critical layer of security, including the endpoint, connectivity, cloud, and data/application layers; and influence security standards and policies.

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IoT is emerging as a prominent industry trend, but many channel partners are still uncertain of how to exploit this market opportunity. Efforts to enhance security can easily translate into new value-add opportunities for the channel.


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