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August 27, 2015

Symantec defends IoT ‘frontier’ from attack

Internet of Things will create more potential points of attack.

By James Nunns

To help counter the potential threat to IoT devices, Symantec has launched a security suite which is aimed at protecting against attacks and zero-day exploits.

The Embedded Critical Systems Protection is according to the company, currently protecting over one billion IoT devices.

ECSP contains a firewall as well as device and configuration control in addition to intrusion detection and file integrity monitoring.

Shankar Somasundaram, Senior Director, IoT Security at Symantec 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."

In order to help make its systems secure and to expand its protection in the IoT market, the company is working with Texas Instruments and wolfSSL in order to build in security at the hardware level.

The security company identified some potential security weaknesses of IoT as being poor authentication and traffic encryption as well as insecure firmware.

While the market takes off, security has perhaps not been at the forefront of people’s minds when considering IoT. Instead, the potential value of the market is the dominant factor in people’s minds.

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