McAfee outlines strategy for securing Internet Of Things
McAfee, part of Intel Security, delineated its strategy for enabling the secure Internet of Things. Utilizing McAfee’s history of securing the most demanding digital environments, McAfee is building and delivering future-focused security solutions that are indispensable to unleash the transformative power of a world in which every device is connected.
Companies of all sizes are linking objects as diverse as smartphones, cars and household appliances to industrial sensors. The installed base of the Internet of Things will be approximately 212 billion “things” globally by the end of 2020, as stated by IDC. This equates to approximately 27 things for every person on Earth that will need to be secured and managed.
While this connectivity brings convenience and opens a world of opportunities it also creates unprecedented security challenges in data privacy, safety, governance and trust. McAfee is addressing these challenges by providing long-term assured functionality and other core security capabilities for the vast array of current and future IoT use cases.
To effectually secure these IP connected devices necessitates that security be designed in and not an afterthought. A comprehensive IoT strategy takes account of:
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; Life cycle security across the device, network, and data center; 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; and Provide technology to assure individual privacy.
Last week, Intel introduced the Intel Gateway Solutions for IoT, a family of platforms based on Intel Quark and Atom processors, as well as McAfee and Wind River software that enables companies to seamlessly interconnect industrial devices into an IoT-ready system of systems. Additionally McAfee has over 400 OEM partners across the Industrial, Retail and Healthcare verticals.
“McAfee has both the breadth and the depth of security offerings needed to support the complexity and massive scale of the Internet of Things,” alleged Steve Hoffenberg, drector of M2M Embedded Software & Tools at VDC Research. Supplementing that – “With the company’s strong collaborations with Intel and Wind River, as well as its long history of securing information technology, McAfee is well positioned to proactively address the security needs of the IoT.”