AT&T and Ericsson Team Up on IoT Cybersecurity
Will Test Devices Under Industry Program to Build a Trusted and More Secure Wireless Ecosystem for the Internet of Things
DALLAS – AT&T* and Ericsson are joining forces to offer comprehensive testing to help safeguard IoT devices from growing cybersecurity threats.
We’ve seen more than a quadrupling in vulnerability scans of IoT devices at AT&T in the last two years. Only 10% of the organizations we surveyed are fully confident their devices have adequate security measures in place.
That’s why we’ve teamed with Ericsson to make it easier for businesses to get the baseline testing and validation they need to help make their devices more secure. We offer the service through the CTIA’s recently announced Cybersecurity Certification Program.
Our goal is to identify device vulnerabilities that could threaten the data collected and sent across communication networks. This will help businesses put appropriate cybersecurity defenses in place.
“It’s no secret security is a growing threat for IoT. Our work with Ericsson will help establish a common and readily achievable security program that protects devices, consumers and our networks,” said Cameron Coursey, vice president, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “CTIA Cybersecurity certification will help our customers better protect themselves.”
“As the number and diversity of IoT devices continue to rapidly grow, assuring the security of these devices is of paramount importance. Ericsson is the only network equipment provider accredited as a CTIA Authorized Test Lab for Cybersecurity Certification and we are pleased to be working with AT&T on this industry-leading initiative,” said Tomas Ageskog, vice president and head of Digital Services, Ericsson North America.
The program covers a wide range of devices — anything from body cameras to connected streetlights, to utility meters, industrial routers and medical devices.
Ericsson’s labs provide the CTIA’s certification. AT&T makes the certification available to businesses through our Professional Services for the IoT program.
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