Intel Security breaks down the vulnerabilities of a ‘Smart Future’

The cybersecurity specialist announced a new partnership with Humax at the annual Mobile World Congress 2017.

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Intel Security breaks down the vulnerabilities of a ‘Smart Future’ Raj Samani, EMEA CTO of Intel Security.
By  Alexander Pieri Published  February 28, 2017

As part of its participation at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, Intel Security highlighted the increasing vulnerabilities of the ‘smart future', where all manner of devices are interconnected.

Pointing to latest figures from the McAfee Mobile Threat Report, the company highlighted the dangers of ‘dead apps' with telemetry data collated indicating more than 500,000 devices have dead apps installed and are actively used. While more than 4,000 potentially malicious apps have been removed from Google Play in the past year alone, end-users have not been notified of this issue.

Intel Security's own findings showed that despite an increasingly connected lifestyle, 41% of respondents have no idea how to verify if their device is compromised, and another 32% are unsure how to identify a breach.

Raj Samani, EMEA CTO of Intel Security, said: "Our recent research showed that more than three quarters of parents (80%) are concerned about their children interacting with a social predator or cybercriminal online."

"Yet 34% of parents do not keep track of their children's internet usage, and 35% say that they would monitor their children's online activity if there was an easier way of doing it."

To combat these threats, Intel Security has partnered with Humax, a manufacturer and distributor of routers, who will embed McAfee Secure Home Platforms into its Humax's Quantum T9 router. The addition of the McAfee platform will provide a built-inlayer of security that automatically secures internet-connected devices on the network.

"Partnering with Humax will further help us to empower parents to actively manage how their families interact with connected devices in the home and protect them from potential risks," explains Samani.

"As we move towards the 5G smart and connected home of the future, internet usage within the home and the levels of data created will only increase, as will our reliance on apps to control our home environment.

"With this, we must ensure the appropriate security is installed in every touchpoint, from the network to the router to the devices themselves, as well as the apps and software controlling them," he adds.

MWC 2017 is set to run from the 27 of February to 2 March, 2017, at the Fira de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

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