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AT&T and Ericsson protect IoT devices

Steve Rogerson
September 27, 2018



AT&T and Ericsson are joining forces to offer testing to help safeguard IoT devices from growing cyber-security threats.
 
There has been more than a quadrupling in vulnerability scans of IoT devices at AT&T in the past two years. Only a tenth of the organisations it surveyed are fully confident their devices have adequate security measures in place.
 
That's why it has 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. AT&T is offering the service through the CTIA's recently announced cyber-security certification programme.
 
The goal is to identify device vulnerabilities that could threaten the data collected and sent across communications networks. This should help businesses put appropriate cyber-security defences in place.
 
"It's no secret security is a growing threat for IoT," said Cameron Coursey, vice president at AT&T. “Our work with Ericsson will help establish a common and readily achievable security programme that protects devices, consumers and our networks. CTIA cyber-security certification will help our customers better protect themselves."
 
The programme covers a wide range of devices – anything from body cameras to connected streetlights, to utility meters, industrial routers and medical devices.
 
"As the number and diversity of IoT devices continue to rapidly grow, assuring the security of these devices is of paramount importance," said Tomas Ageskog, vice president for Danish company Ericsson in North America. “Ericsson is the only network equipment provider accredited as a CTIA authorised test lab for cyber-security certification and we are pleased to be working with AT&T on this industry-leading initiative.
 
Ericsson's labs provide the CTIA's certification. AT&T makes the certification available to businesses through its professional services for the IoT programme.