Global Cyber Alliance unveils development platform to tackle IoT security threats

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) has launched a cybersecurity development platform for Internet of Things (IoT) products.

The Automated IoT Defence Ecosystem (AIDE) will help small businesses, manufacturers, service providers and individuals identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and secure IoT devices against proliferating, mutating threats to the interconnected environment.

Already numbering about 14.2 billion, the number of internet-connected devices in use is projected to soar to 25 billion by 2021 – a jump of 76%. However, fewer than one in three organisations maintain a privileged-access security strategy for their IoT devices, according to a recent survey.

The AIDE platform will be supported by GCA ProxyPot, a custom IoT solution that can replicate one IoT device across multiple IP addresses and physical locations to identify global attack risks.

Working in tandem the two platforms are designed to provide greater visibility of the nature and scale of threats lurking in smart cities and connected industrial environments. GCA claims that the AIDE platform offers unparalleled capabilities for data collection, analysis and automated defence.

“Scalable, implementable solutions”

“The number of internet-connected devices has grown exponentially over the last decade and with it the cyber risk to companies, organisations and individuals deploying these devices on their network,” said Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of GCA. “The launch of the AIDE platform furthers GCA’s mission of providing scalable, implementable solutions to organisations of all sizes and budgets to secure their devices and reduce risk.”

GCA is partnering with Attivo Networks to build a SCADA honeyfarm to collect threat intelligence on attacks targeting industrial control systems.

“We are thrilled to be working with GCA to provide the benefits of deception technology to organisations around the world,” said Marc Feghali, co-founder and VP of Product Management at Attivo Networks. “IoT devices are notoriously difficult to secure and apply typical prevention measures.

As a result, innovative solutions like deception technology are playing a critical role in the early threat detection and response to cyber-attacks.”

“By creating customised decoys that blend in with production connected devices, organisations can quickly detect attackers, engage them, capture their attack methods, derive their attack signature and divert them away from real IoT infrastructure, mitigating the risk of attacks on operational technology infrastructure.”

Said GCA global technical advisor Adnan Baykal: “The bad guys do not discriminate when deciding which organisations to target for IoT attacks, so our defences shouldn’t either. With AIDE, any organisation can access our threat feeds for data, conduct analysis and even search specific activity by username, source IP, destination IP, commands, hashes and geographic location. As we continue to establish partnerships and sponsors, the platform will continue to improve and provide added value to those within the ecosystem.”

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector organisation dedicated to mitigating cyber risks in the connected environment.

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