IoT heavyweights form cybersecurity alliance

Jason McGee-Abe
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AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and Trustonic join forces to form an Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity alliance

The proliferation of connected devices brings a plethora of security risks and challenges. As a result, cybersecurity and IoT experts - AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and Trustonic – have formed an alliance and will look into: collaboration and vertical research, dissect problems at every layer, security accessibility, and standards.

This IoT Cybersecurity Alliance brings together market leaders in device security, connectivity, data, cloud, and applications and seeks to better secure the IoT ecosystem. This combined effort creates the opportunity for end-to-end IoT security to help businesses continue to grow and compete in the ever-changing market. 

“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 at AT&T, which has seen a 3,198% increase in attackers scanning for vulnerabilities in IoT over the past three year.

“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.”

Alliance members believe the key to IoT security lies in protecting all devices at the endpoint, network, cloud and application layer, and using overarching threat analytics to study the overall ecosystem and designing products with a built- in, always-on security approach. 

Bill O’Hern, AT&T chief security officer, added: “Be it a connected car, pacemaker or coffee maker, every connected device is a potential new entry point for cyberattacks. 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.” GTB