Symantec: We?re securing more than 1bn IoT devices

With Gartner’s prediction that there will be 25 billion IoT devices by 2020, Symantec has announced that it is leading the effort to protect users from hacks against their always-on devices.

The firm says it is securing more than one billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices right now, 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. This is the next frontier. In the automotive industry, hackers can literally steer the car and ‘hit the brakes’ from their keyboards,” said Shankar Somasundaram, senior director of Internet of Things security, Symantec.

“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, Symantec is investing in and offering comprehensive IoT security solutions. This approach includes authentication, device security, analytics and management solutions.

To further fuel innovation in IoT security, Symantec recently announced a partnership with Frost Data Capital to incubate early-stage startups with funding, resources and expertise.

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