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AT&T, IBM and Nokia joined forces to make IoT systems safe and secure

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2017-02-10 Silicon Review

Biggies in the security and internet of things space such as  AT&T, IBM and Nokia joins forces to contribute their part to resolve troubles that they say make IoT vulnerable in many areas.

Announced recently, the IoT Cybersecurity Alliance, also includes IBM, Symantec, Palo Alto Networks, and mobile security company Trustonic. The cluster groups will demeanor research, educate consumers and businesses, and influence standards and policies, but will not situate any standards.

Gradually, as IoT technologies taking shape, changes of new vulnerabilities being shaped in numerous areas. Consumer strategies have been in the security limelight thanks to incidents like the DDoS attacks last year that twisted inadequately secured set-top boxes and DVRs into botnets. But the potential weaknesses are much broader, spanning the network, cloud, and application layers, the new group said in a press release.

AT&T claims that over few years an increase of more than 3,000 percent in attackers scanning IoT devices for weaknesses has been detected. And, the enterprises aren’t certain their devices are secure, AT&T says.

“That combination of attacker interest and customer concern could damage or even derail the rosy future most vendors see for the Internet of Things,” Pund-IT analyst Charles King said in an email.

Additionally, the coalition vows to jointly research problems in all those areas and in major IoT use cases such as connected cars, health care, industrial IoT, and so-called smart cities.

The group’s objective and methods are similar to what the Industrial Internet Consortium has been doing since 2014. Additionally, IIC, which comprise AT&T and IBM, also aims to describe best practices and influence IoT standards in several areas, including security, but all-and-all  focused specifically on industrial IoT.

 

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