Symantec Expands to IoT Protection

Symantec has added protection for the IoT to its portfolio as it prepares to become a pure information security firm again.

The move comes as the firm aims to simplify the task for information security professionals in defending businesses against increasingly sophisticated threats across cloud, mobile and fixed environments.

The firm is looking to focus on threat protection, information protection and security analytics with the support of its cyber security services.

The company has expanded its portfolio to include embedded critical systems protection to guard IoT devices from zero day attacks.

Aiming to secure a wide range of IoT devices, Symantec's protection will include smart TVs, cars and smart metres.

Shankar Somarsundaram, Symantec's senior director at IoT security, said: "As IoT innovation and adoption continues to grow, so has the opportunity for new cyber security risks.

"This is the next frontier. In the automotive industry, hackers can literally steer the car and hit the brakes from their keyboards.

"Symantec is partnering with manufacturers in the automotive, industrial control and semiconductor industries, in addition to our work in the healthcare and retail markets."

Symantec plans to help enterprises address IoT security by introducing new technologies, such as an IoT portal for managing all IoT security from a single interface.

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