UK’s Cryptosoft and UN collaborate on IoT security


In the US, end-to-end data security solutions provider for IoT Cryptosoft has partnered with the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in a bid to promote learning and training around IoT security concerns.

The UK-based company is working on a cybersecurity readiness survey along with other projects, including the establishment of cryptography-focused training labs for national cyber-defence teams in developing countries, according to a report on SiliconRepublic.

Cryptosoft will also focus its efforts into collaborative work with the ITU-S, an organisation that sets telecom standards and the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), to help find ways to use IT for social, economic and human development.

Al Sisto, chairman at Cryptosoft, said: “With the influx of internet-connected devices impacting our daily lives, it’s crucial that security standards are put into practice.

“Users should feel at ease that their personal data is safe, no matter where in the world they live.”

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According to a survey conduscted by ISACA, security experts agree that device manufacturers are not implementing sufficient security measures in IoT devices

US-based non-profit organisation and advocate for information security ISACA, has released a survey, revealing that 75% of security experts are of the opinion that “device manufacturers are not implementing sufficient security measures in IoT devices.”

ISACA notes that a further 73% of survey participants say existing security standards in the industry do not adequately address IoT-specific concerns.

The poll was conducted by ISACA, surveying 7,000 IT professionals from member organisations.

Ramsés Gallego, past international vice president of ISACA, commented: “With the explosion in popularity and hype around the Internet of Things, it is proving difficult for manufacturers and organisations to keep up with the clear realities and implications for security the IoT represents.

“What is being created, along with the physical object like a thermostat, smartwatch or connected alarm system, are the countless entry points that cyberattackers can use to access personal information and corporate data.”

Gallego added: “The rapid spread of connected devices is outpacing an organisation’s ability to manage it and to safeguard company and employee data. We need to change that so we can reap the many benefits of the IoT.”