Telefonica has launched the IoT Cybersecurity Unit, a new project focused on the security of the Internet of Things (IoT).
As the number of devices connected to the internet grows exponentially, the risks associated with them also grows in parallel. To address these threats and to promote IoT implementation, Telefónica has decided to launch this initiative with a twofold objective. On the one hand, this unit will strive to expand the existing catalogue of IoT products and services offered to customers and, on the other hand, to develop new IoT security solutions to cater to the existing and emerging threats faced by businesses deploying IoT. This unit will leverage Telefonica’s existing network infrastructure and the Kite Platform, an IoT connectivity management platform that allows businesses to improve efficiencies while reducing costs.
As part of the new solutions developed by this new initiative, Telefónica, via its ElevenPaths cybersecurity unit, has expanded its collaboration with Subex, a company specialising in analytic solutions for the telecommunications sector with whom it already offers a Fraud Management as-a-service solution (FMaaS). The new scope of collaboration extends to analysis of the data traffic generated by IoT devices, and detection of specific threats in this field.
The offer of cybersecurity solutions leveraged in networks and traffic running through them is a differential factor since many IoT devices have limited capabilities that prevent providing them with the software to protect them. Subex's IoT-specific platform is capable of analysing traffic by applying machine-learning algorithms, generating an alert every time it detects a threat that jeopardizes cybersecurity of the IoT device.
Together with the detection of threats in IoT, the IoT Cybersecurity Unit will also offer management of secure credentials for devices and DNS security. In addition, it has adapted part of its catalogue of generic cybersecurity solutions to IoT, such as SandaS for the management of GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance) capacities, or CyberThreats for the early detection and identification of Internet threats.