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IoT security the ‘next frontier:’ Symantec exec

August 26, 2015  

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Symantec says it has secured more than one billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices ranging from televisions and cars to smart meters and critical infrastructure.

“As IoT innovation and adoption continues to grow, so has the opportunity for new cyber security risks,” said Shankar Somasundaram, senior director of IoT security at Symantec. “This is the next frontier. In the automotive industry, hackers can literally steer the car and ‘hit the brakes’ from their keyboards.”

Research firm Gartner expects the number of IoT devices to total 25 billion by 2020.

Symantec said in a release that its IoT security strategy 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.

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.

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