Cybersecurity firm Symantec has stepped up and announced it is keeping more than one billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices secure, providing enhanced security for connected TVs, vehicles, critical infrastructure, smart meters, and more.
The Symantec Unified Security Strategy utilizes its Embedded Critical Systems Protection for device security, IoT roots of trust and device certificates, and code signing certificates and secure app services. It's an important goal as there are expected to be more than 25 billion 'Things' by 2020, with that number increasingly growing.
Even though more manufacturers are interested in IoT, trying to keep these newly-connected Things secure will be difficult. Cybersecurity experts have shown concern related to lax security practices that could open up new avenues of cybercrime by hackers.
"As IoT innovation and adoption continues to grow, so has the opportunity for new cybersecurity 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. Symantec is partnering with manufacturers in the automotive, industrial control, and semiconductor industries, in addition to our work in healthcare and retail markets."