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Telefónica will safeguard the security of the Internet of Things with a new IoT cybersecurity unit

  • The IoT Cybersecurity Unit brings together the company's excellent cybersecurity and IoT capabilities in order to create new solutions, and adapt its current security offerings to the needs of various segments.

  • It will provide a solution in collaboration with Subex for analysing IoT traffic on networks and detecting threats.

Madrid, 10 April, 2019 Telefónica has launched the IoT Cybersecurity Unit, a new project focused on the security of the Internet of Things (IoT), combining the company’s capabilities in both fields: Cybersecurity and 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-aservice 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. 

“Cybersecurity has become one of the companies’ priorities. We are seeing the emergence of a culture around security that is sensitive to processes, strategies and methods designed to minimize risks while increasing value. This collaboration with Subex represents a step forward in our strategy of helping companies protect their investments, assets, and credibility”, said Pedro Pablo Pérez, CEO of ElevenPaths and VP of Global Security at Telefónica.   

“This agreement will add a new dimension to that relationship by enabling us to work together on securing the IoT ecosystem”, indicated Vinod Kumar, CEO of Subex. “Amidst all kinds of attacks by cybercriminals and other groups, we want to protect the ecosystem and ensure that IoT projects deliver value. I am confident that IoT businesses will derive significant benefits from our joint efforts”. 

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.