CTIA, The Wireless Association, Discusses Securing the Internet of Things

According to a press release from CTIA, The Wireless Association, by the year 2020, there will be more than 50 billion connected devices sharing information with each other. Whether it’s banking, healthcare, connected homes or cars, almost everything will be tapped into the Internet, in what is called the “Internet of Things.”

On May 1, CTIA released its fourth white paper, called “Mobile Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things: Empowering M2M (machine to machine) Communication.”

According to the press release, it focuses on “how we secure the IoT and encourage continued innovation in this field while protecting consumers’ data. The key to meeting these three goals is continued flexibility from unnecessary regulation that could impose unintended consequences.”

“As more individuals, companies and governments deploy connected devices in the U.S., cybersecurity must be a top priority to ensure cybercriminals around the world are thwarted while encouraging continued innovation in the Internet of Things. In return, our members will continue to invest in protecting their networks, devices and customers, which is why U.S. wireless users enjoy one of the lowest mobile malware infection rates in the world,” said Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA.

M2M technologies connect both people and physical objects to software and Internet applications. CTIA notes that while there are significant benefits made possible by the IoT, it’s still in its infancy. It’s growing though, and fast, which means there needs to be concentrated investment in cybersecurity to protect these connected devices from cyber attacks.

 

For the press release, click here: http://www.ctia.org/resource-library/press-releases/archive/us-wireless-industry-white-paper-internet-of-things
For the free white paper, click here: http://www.ctia.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/ctia-iot-white-paper.pdf