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Telefónica to target IoT security at MWC

Steve Rogerson
February 18, 2016
Spanish telco Telefónica will be launching at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona technology to counteract cyberattacks on the IoT. Known as Faast, the technology from its ElevenPaths subsidiary can detect and analyse security threats to organisations based on persistent pentesting including vulnerabilities in the IoT.
Faast is claimed to be the first technology of this type, and provides companies and organisations with integral cybersecurity that protects them from threats to traditional devices connected to their systems and others pertaining to IoT such as webcams, printers, routers, videoconference systems or televisions that are also connected to the corporate network.
Companies can continually scan IoT devices connected to the organisation, thanks to the use of real attack techniques, making their networks more robust and in this way counteract future attacks. Once the devices have been identified, the technology detects the current vulnerabilities. Failures include insufficiencies in authentication or authorisation processes, insecure network services, and lack of encryption when transmitting information. The user can manage these and other vulnerabilities pertaining to all IoT devices through Vamps, an online site.
“Traditional periodic security checks don’t make sense any more because the changes in the infrastructure, the emergence of new vulnerabilities and different bugs are continuing,” said Chema Alonso, CEO of ElevenPaths. “The evolution of Vamps and Faast towards the IoT will allow companies to rely on a persistent pentesting and vulnerability management system that will facilitate the quick discovery of new connected devices and possible bugs, thereby reducing the exposure time of these devices to these threats.”
The sheer size of the IoT phenomenon in a hyper-connected society is exposing companies to dangers unknown up to now, hence the importance of early detection of security attacks that threaten IoT devices. This is one of the conclusions of the report "Scope, scale and risk like never before: Securing the internet of things” recently published by ElevenPaths and the area of IoT of Telefónica to which have contributed other organisations and companies such as Sigfox, the IoT Foundation and Kaspersky Lab.
This analysis capacity by Faast of IoT completes the portfolio of different security methods on offer by Telefónica, such as: trusted public key infrastructure that facilitates the identification and authentication of IoT devices connected to the network; security monitoring, which detects unusual behaviour of IoT devices based on its network traffic; and CyberThreats, capable of detecting and identifying the modus operandi of the cybercriminals, and the methods used in attacks against IoT infrastructures.