Trend Micro has a new product to protect Smart home devices

Trend Micro Consumer Connect enables telcos push a security layer across customer’s devices

Cyber-criminals are primed to take advantage of design flaws and insecure configuration to hijack smart home equipment.
Cyber-criminals are primed to take advantage of design flaws and insecure configuration to hijack smart home equipment.

Trend Micro has launched a new security product aimed at telecom companies to help protect their customers.  

Trend Micro Consumer Connect lays a virtual security layer around consumer devices to defend them against hackers. It is designed to protect against ransomware, zero-day threats, info-stealing trojans, crypto-mining, and other online threats designed to compromise IoT endpoints, including smart home devices plus PCs and mobiles.

“Smart home device sales are expected to reach $1.3bn by 2022, but cyber-criminals are primed to take advantage of design flaws and insecure configuration to hijack equipment and use it in damaging DDoS, info-stealing and other attacks,” said Akihiko Omikawa, executive vice president IoT security for Trend Micro. “Our new suite securely lets Telecom providers help their customers lock their smart homes against intruders. That’s great news for consumers and our telecom partners, who get a highly flexible, optimisable solution from a committed partner which will help to drive competitive advantage.”

Trend Micro research predicts an IoT “worm war” will emerge this year, as hackers compete to compromise home devices including routers, conscripting them into botnets like the notorious Mirai campaigns that led to some of the biggest DDoS attacks ever recorded.

Trend Micro Consumer Connect combines endpoint protection, network defence and data security capabilities, leveraging Trend Micro’s threat intelligence service, the Smart Protection Network. An app enables users to check which devices are protected.

Trend Micro is offering telcos an API-based integration to their infrastructure and processes and a security dashboard to provide insights into customer behaviour.

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