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Published on April 11th, 2014 | by The GC Team

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Securing the ‘Internet of Things’…

IT security specialist McAfee has outlined its strategy for enabling the secure Internet of Things, the installed base of which is estimated at 212 billion “things” globally by the end of 2020, equating to approximately 27 things for every person.

As the number of connected devices has grown, concerns about security and privacy have risen. In January this year, security firm Proofpoint discovered a global cyber attack involving more than 750,000 malicious emails, some of which came from everyday consumer electronics gadgets such as multi-media centres and TVs, and from household Smart Appliances.

Commenting on the attack, Michael Osterman, principal analyst at Osterman Research, said internet-enabled devices represent an “enormous” threat. He added that consumers have little incentive to make them more secure and few vendors are taking steps to protect devices. “…the existing security model simply won’t work to solve the problem,” he said.

“Security needs to be built in as the foundation of the Internet of Things,” said Michael Fey, worldwide chief technology officer for McAfee parent company Intel Security. “Any disruption to these IP connected devices can cause damage to the business and our daily lives. We need to have foresight into what is coming so we can prevent against threats and securely manage these devices.”

McAfee said it is to address the unprecedented security challenges posed by connectivity by providing long-term assured functionality and other core security capabilities for the vast array of current and future IoT uses. “To effectively secure these IP connected devices requires that security be designed in and not an afterthought.”  The company’s IoT strategy includes:

  • A secure and holistic solution for information-rich environments across multiple environments and devices
  • Assurance that devices are operating as intended by the manufacturer and have not been corrupted
  • Lifecycle security across the device, network and data centre
  • Support for industry standards and device interoperability
  • Ability to solve Information Technology/Cloud services challenges in connecting legacy and new systems to new and future services
  • Provide technology to assure individual privacy

“McAfee is enabling the future and the possibilities that the Internet of Things brings to our daily lives,” commented Intel’s Fey.

 

 

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