February 9, 2017
AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks,
Symantec and Trustonic are joining forces to innovate in the security
space. They'll use their combined expertise to help tackle today's top
Internet of Things (IoT) security challenges.
This IoT Cybersecurity Alliance combines industry-leading security
providers and IoT experts. The group will research and raise awareness
of ways to better secure the IoT ecosystem.
As the number and kinds of connected devices multiply, so have the
security risks. In the past 3 years, AT&T has seen a 3,198% increase in
attackers scanning for vulnerabilities in IoT devices.
Business leaders recognize the potential threat IoT devices designed
without security in mind might pose for their organization. AT&T
surveyed companies in 2016, and 58% said they were not confident in the
security of their IoT devices.
"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.
"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.
These IoT Cybersecurity Alliance members want to advise customers and
educate the industry on the cybersecurity measures needed to create a
safer IoT ecosystem, foster collaboration and advance innovation with
top cybersecurity and IoT thought leaders.
Specifically, goals of this IoT Cybersecurity Alliance are to:
•Collaborate and research security
challenges of IoT across verticals and use cases such as Connected Car,
Industrial, Smart Cities and Healthcare. The IoT Cybersecurity Alliance
will take use cases or business challenges in IoT cybersecurity to
dissect and advance security concerns and identify ways to implement
security across the value chain.
•Dissect and solve
for IoT security problems at every critical layer of security. These
include the endpoint, connectivity, cloud, and data/application layers.
This Alliance includes experts at each of these layers to help educate
businesses and consumers on how to protect their connections.
•Make security easy
to access across the ecosystem. Security needs to exist across the value
chain. Users will benefit from innovative IoT services and
infrastructures that can withstand the ever-evolving threat landscape.
•Influence security standards and policies. Using each group member's
leadership and expertise will raise awareness of cybersecurity. It will
engage regularly with policymakers and other organizations. IoT offers
tremendous benefits and efficiencies to businesses, but security
concerns often prevent businesses from adopting these emerging
technologies. IoT Cybersecurity Alliance members will help the industry
maximize the advantages of IoT while educating about how to keep
companies and consumers more secure.
it a connected car, pacemaker or coffee maker, every connected device is
a potential new entry point for cyberattacks," said AT&T Chief Security
Officer Bill O'Hern. "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
This IoT Cybersecurity Alliance brings together market leaders in device
security, connectivity, data, cloud, and applications. 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.