With IoT devices expected to number 25 billion by 2020, Symantec is currently securing more than one billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including everything 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,” says Shankar Somasundaram, Senior Director of Internet of Things Security, 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.”
As part of its broader Unified Security Strategy, Somasundaram says Symantec is investing in and offering the industry’s most comprehensive IoT security solutions - this approach 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.
Somasundaram says that 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.