Symantec, which has the experience of protecting over a billion IoT devices around the word, says it is the right time to plug any security gaps in the Internet of Things and not repeat the mistakes made with the Internet.
“We have a lot of experience in IoT, but also some concerns. There are great devices and applications coming out, but we believe there is a small window available now to ensure security and privacy are built in before it becomes ubiquitous like the Internet. We know the Internet was not built with security in mind and we have an opportunity to change that with IoT,” says Cheri McGuire, Vice President, Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec Corporation.
“We don’t want to slow innovation, but we also believe the security technology should be engineered into those devices and you are not trying to bolt it on later. It is proven that building technology at the front end is not just easier but also more effective.”
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On the smart cities front, McGuire says it is a positive that nations are not just blindly going into instituting these “great new things without being mindful of security and privacy”. Symantec believes there must be a global standard so that there is a level playing field for all players.