AT&T and Ericsson partner up for IoT cybersecurity

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AT&T and Ericsson are teaming up to provide comprehensive testing for organisations to safeguard connected devices.

According to AT&T, only 10% of its surveyed organisations say they are confident about their devices having sufficient security measures in place. The operator has seen an increase in vulnerability scans of IoT devices at the company in the last two years.

This was the primary reason that AT&T teamed up with Ericsson to make it feasible for businesses to get the baseline testing and validation done, in order to make their devices more secured. The aforementioned new testing service is offered via the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association‘s latest Cybersecurity Certification Programme. The aim is to detect device susceptibilities to cyber attacks that could negatively affect the data collected and sent across communications networks.

AT&T is not the only American telecom organisation that Ericsson is working with in advancing the IoT. The Swedish networking firm is also working with Sprint – as revealed by sister publication Telecoms earlier this month – to build a distributed and virtualised core network that is specifically dedicated to the IoT, along with an IoT operating system. This new ecosystem is designed to create an optimal flow of device data that allows a prompt actionable intelligence at the network edge for end users and enterprises.

Asa Tamsons, senior vice president and head of business area technology and emerging business at Ericsson, said: “Sprint will be one of the first to market with a distributed core network and operating system built especially for IoT and powered by Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. Our goal is to make it easy for Sprint and their customers to access and use connected intelligence, enabling instant and actionable insights for a better customer experience and maximum value.”

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson claimed in June that upgrading the company’s FirstNet towers to 5G will just require scaling them and performing a software update. FirstNet is the organisation’s network for first responders that will cover all 50 states, 5 US territories, and the District of Columbia – including rural communities and tribal lands in those states and territories. The company is expecting around 15,000 towers to be built in the first year and 45,000 over a period of five years. It has promised to introduce 5G in 12 cities by the end of 2018.

Source: iottechnews, IoT Tech News

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