AT&T reports that it has seen more than a quadrupling in vulnerability scans of IoT devices in the last two years. Only 10% of the organizations surveyed are fully confident their devices have adequate security measures in place.
Consequently, AT&T 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. The service is offered through the CTIA's recently announced Cybersecurity Certification Program.
Our goal is to identify device vulnerabilities that could threaten the data collected and sent across communication networks. This will help businesses put appropriate cybersecurity defenses in place.
"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, ensuring 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," said Tomas Ageskog, vice president and head of Digital Services, Ericsson North America.
The program covers a wide range of devices – anything from body cameras to connected streetlights, to utility meters, industrial routers and medical devices.
Ericsson's labs provide the CTIA's certification. AT&T makes the certification available to businesses through our Professional Services for the IoT program.