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Build security into the device, not as an afterthought: McAfee on the Internet of Things

Build security into the device, not as an afterthought: McAfee on the Internet of Things 

To help protect a new generation of connected devices, McAfee outlined its strategy for securing the Internet of Things today.

McAfee recommends that in securing IP connected devices ‘security be designed in and not an afterthought.’

“Security needs to be built in as the foundation of the Internet of Things,” said Michael Fey, worldwide CTO, Intel Security.  “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.”

The security giant’s objective is to maintain the trust of these devices, while allowing them to perform as intended but with a richer experience. And as companies of all sizes connect more devices to the Internet, more security will be needed.

According to the IDC, approximately 212 billion things will be part of the Internet of Things by the end of 2020. This hyper-connectivity creates unprecedented security challenges in data privacy, safety, governance and trust.  

McAfee’s comprehensive IoT strategy includes having a comprehensive security solution for data rich environments, as well as making sure devices are operating as intended by the manufacturer and have not been corrupted. It also focuses on life cycle security across the device, network, and the data centre, as well as providing technology that assures individual privacy.

Additionally, the strategy includes supporting the development of industry standards and device interoperability. Also the ability to solve IT and cloud service challenges in connecting legacy and new systems to current and future services. 

“McAfee has both the breadth and the depth of security offerings needed to support the complexity and massive scale of the Internet of Things,” said Steve Hoffenberg, director of M2M Embedded Software & Tools at VDC Research.  “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.”

As a subsidiary of Intel Security, McAfee is working with Intel and Wind River companies to provide security solutions. For its part, McAfee will focus on tackling security challenges related to the Internet of Things, including expanded requirements for solution integrity, accountability, privacy, and trust.


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