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2019 Press Releases

August 19, 2019

Global Cyber Alliance Launches Cybersecurity Development Platform for Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

The Global Cyber Alliance, working with its partners, launched the Automated IoT Defence Ecosystem (AIDE), a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity development platform for Internet of Things (IoT) products.

AIDE enables small businesses, manufacturers, service providers and individuals to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and secure IoT devices against the growing volume of threats to this interconnected environment.

A complementary resource to the AIDE platform is the GCA ProxyPot, a custom IoT honeypot solution developed by GCA, which is capable of replicating one IoT device across multiple IP addresses and physical locations to identify global attack risks quickly, efficiently and accurately. Together, the AIDE and ProxyPot platforms allow for organisations and individuals to have greater visibility into the types and scale of threats facing the IoT devices deployed into various environments, including smart cities and other smart ecosystems.

"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."

With an estimated 14.2 billion internet-connected devices currently in use and a projected increase to 25 billion by 2021, the challenge to identify, analyse and mitigate IoT threats has dramatically increased. Also cause for concern, a recent survey found less than 1 in 3 organisations maintain a privileged-access security strategy for their IoT devices, making the organisations an ideal target for threat actors. These statistics highlight the urgent need for addressing the threats to IoT devices. 

The AIDE platform offers capabilities for data collection, analysis and automated defence on a scale not previously attained. As part of its first effort to leverage the AIDE and ProxyPot technologies, GCA is working 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. 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 cyberattacks," said Marc Feghali, Co-founder and Vice President of Product Management at Attivo Networks. "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 (OT) infrastructure."