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Symantec secures 1bn IoT devices

CALIFORNIA, August 26, 2015

Symantec, an information protection expert, is securing more than one billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including everything from televisions and cars to smart meters and critical infrastructure.
 
With IoT devices expected to number 25 billion by 2020, Symantec is leading the effort to protect consumers from hacks against their always-on, Internet connected devices, said a statement.
 
Shankar Somasundaram, senior director of Internet of Things Security, said: “As IoT innovation and adoption continues to grow, so has the opportunity for new cyber security risks.  This is the next frontier. In the automotive industry, hackers can literally steer the car and ‘hit the brakes’ from their keyboards.
 
“Symantec is partnering with manufacturers in the automotive, industrial control, and semiconductor industries, in addition to our work in healthcare and retail markets.”
 
As part of its broader unified security strategy, Symantec is investing in and offering the industry’s most comprehensive IoT security solutions, said the statement.
 
This approach includes authentication, device security, analytics and management to help prevent cars, medical devices, industrial control systems, and countless consumer electronics from becoming hacked, tracked and electronically hijacked as shown in recent news, it said.
 
Symantec’s IoT technology portfolio includes Device Security with Symantec’s Embedded Critical Systems Protection; IoT Roots of Trust and Device Certificates; and Code Signing Certificates and Secure App Services.
 
Symantec’s future plans to help enterprises address IoT security include introducing new technologies, such as an IoT portal for managing all IoT security from a single interface, and security analytics for proactively detecting anomalies that might indicate stealthy attacks on IoT networks, said the statement.
  
To further fuel innovation in IoT security, Symantec recently announced a partnership with Frost Data Capital to incubate early-stage startups with funding, resources and expertise. 
 
Frost Data Capital has underpined the incubator with seasoned entrepreneurs, proven innovation methodology and process, and deep expertise in big data analytics, IoT, industrials and healthcare. 
 
These startup companies will have the opportunity to collaborate with Symantec to solve the most complex challenges shaping tomorrow’s threat landscape. - TradeArabia News Service



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