AT&T joins forces with Ericsson; to boost cybersecurity in the wireless ecosystem for the Internet of Things

AT&T and Ericsson are joining forces to offer comprehensive testing to help safeguard IoT devices from growing cybersecurity threats. The companies has witnessed more than a quadrupling in vulnerability scans of IoT devices at AT&T in the last two years. Only 10 percent of the organizations surveyed are fully confident their devices have adequate security measures in place.

This being the main reason behind AT&T teaming up with Ericsson to make it easier for businesses to get the baseline testing and validation they need to help make their devices more secure.

Ericsson’s labs provide the CTIA’s certification. AT&T makes the certification available to businesses through its Professional Services for the IoT program.

AT&T offers the service through the CTIA’s  recently announced Cybersecurity Certification Program, with the goal of identifying device vulnerabilities that could threaten the data collected and sent across communication networks. This will help businesses put appropriate cybersecurity defenses in place.

The CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected devices has been developed in collaboration with nationwide wireless providers. The program builds upon IoT security recommendations from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

By offering certification for IoT devices built from the ground up with cybersecurity in mind, the program will protect consumers and wireless infrastructure, while creating a more secure foundation for smart cities, connected cars, mHealth and other IoT applications.

“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.

 


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