Symantec sees a big opportunity in securing IoT devices that are expected to reach 25 billion by 2020. “We are partnering with manufacturers in the automotive, industrial control, and semiconductor industries, in addition to our work in healthcare and retail markets,” said Shankar Somasundaram, senior director of Internet of Things Security, Symantec.
To ensure that its future is protected, Symantec is investing significantly in IoT security solutions — authentication, device security, analytics and management to prevent hackers from attacking cars, medical devices, industrial control systems, and consumer electronics.
There are several IoT security products from Symantec. For instance, its embedded critical systems protect IoT devices by locking down the software embedded in the device to protect against zero-day attacks and prevent compromise.
Symantec said it has already signed Wincor, a provider of IT solutions and services to retail banks and the retail industry, along with other leading manufacturers in the industrial and automotive ecosystems.
To expand its reach, Symantec is working with chip providers and cryptographic library partners, including Texas Instruments and wolfSSL, to embed security at the hardware level.
Symantec provides code signing certificates and a cloud based signing-as-a-service for a number of code formats relevant to IoT to ensure that code running on IoT devices is authorized.
In the future, Symantec will be introducing new technologies, such as an IoT portal for managing all IoT security from a single interface, and security analytics for proactively detecting anomalies that might indicate stealthy attacks on IoT networks.