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McAfee Strives to Secure the Internet of Things

By CIOReview | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FREMONT, CA: McAfee, a provider of security solutions and its parent company Intel Security have partnered with solutions providers which include Wind River, Siemens and Schneider Electric to provide ultimate security to the connected devices in the Internet of Things, reports Michael Cusanelli of The VAR Guy.

Systems, machines, equipment, and devices connected to the Internet create a significant need for security. With the increase in the number and variety of connected devices, the number of potential cyber threats also increase.

According to a report by IDC, the number of connected devices in the Internet of Things is expected to increase to 212 billion things by 2020 which equals to 27 connected devices per person. The first question that comes to the mind is ‘how to protect these 212 billion things.’ According to the company, McAfee possibly could secure all these devices ranging from smartphones to cars and televisions through a security plan that would be integrated within the design of the devices.

Based on McAfee’s IoT strategy of maintaining the trust of connected devices while allowing them to perform as intended but with a richer experience, devices are protected throughout the span of their lives. It also plans to support industry standards in terms of device interoperability and solve the challenges of connecting legacy while protecting user privacy. The IoT strategy which depends on a secure and holistic solution has the capability to protect data from multiple threats.

“Security needs to be built in as the foundation of the Internet of Things. 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 is enabling the future and the possibilities that the Internet of Things brings to our daily lives,” said Michael Fey, chief technology officer, Intel Security.