Cisco is tackling the much-talked about need for Internet of Things security with its new IoT Threat Defense offering.
The solution includes network segmentation capabilities as well as network behavior analytics, device visibility, remote access, cloud security, malware protection, and firewall services. Cisco said the architecture of its IoT Defense system provides visibility and analysis of traffic to and from IoT devices, as well as traffic entering and exiting the enterprise to detect threats and compromised hosts. It can also reportedly detect anomalies, block threats, identify compromised hosts, and help mitigate user error. Additionally, it can secure remote access between sites and between organizations.
Cisco said the product launch will help meet demands for more IoT security as the segment proliferates to include an estimated 50 billion connected devices by 2020.
“We are fully committed to the IoT, but we believe the IoT must be secured for its promise to be realized,” Cisco Security Business Group VP and GM David Ulevitch commented. “For it to be successful for enterprises, industrial organizations, and those in vital services, segmentation is at the root of ensuring protection across the network. We have built the networks for the world’s businesses for nearly three decades. And, we created TrustSec, the technology behind securely segmenting those networks. IoT for Threat Defense extends that innovation and makes the IoT promise possible.”
Cisco indicated some of the first use cases for its IoT Threat Defense offering are in the advanced medical care, power generation and delivery, and automated manufacturing fields.
Nokia said it has started “key tests” in the 4.5 GHz band with DOCOMO in Japan aimed at developing a 5G ecosystem in that country. In particular, the pair will be looking at interoperability through the use of multi-vendor technology at 4.5 GHz – which is a candidate band for 5G in Japan.
The trial will reportedly utilize Intel’s 5G Mobile Trial Platform end-user device, and will run in the metro area throughout this year. Nokia said the focus will be testing in busy tourist, shopping, and business locations, as well as at public events hosted by DOCOMO.
“This is a vital first step to allow us to ensure that we have the 5G network infrastructure available for when we commercially introduce the technology, with an ecosystem of device vendors to offer our subscribers the best possible choice and highest quality,” DOCOMO CTO Seizo Onoe said in a statement.
A demonstration of the end-to-end tests supporting low-latency 4K video streaming and other 5G applications will be given at the Nokia booth at 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2017, the company said.
Altair Semiconductor said its ALT3800 CAT-4 chipset is powering a new LTE home phone solution from Verizon.
The Wireless Home Phone T2000 reportedly utilizes VoLTE technology and the consumer’s existing telephone handsets to connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The Wireless Home Phone T200 provides a range of services, including wireless voice, compatibility with Group 3 fax machines, call waiting, call forwarding, and three-way calling. Altair said it worked closely with partners Novatel and Ecrio to bring the product to market.
Altair said the chipset has been used in a range of other devices as well, including tablets, netbooks, connected consumer devices, indoor and outdoor CPEs, mobile hotspots, and M2M modules.
Sprint parent company SoftBank has acquired a significant stake in graphics chipmaker Nvidia. Bloomberg on Wednesday reported the portion figures out to nearly 5 percent of outstanding shares, or about $4 billion in financial terms.
The news follows SoftBank’s announcement earlier this week that an initial funding round for its Vision Fund raised $93 billion. The Fund is meant to facilitate increased investments in technology companies around the globe, with a focus on IoT, AI, robotics, infrastructure, telecom, and mobile apps.
Politico reported this morning that key technology players are headed to Capitol Hill today to urge members of Congress to support favorable digital trade terms in new agreements coming under President Trump. Reps from Apple, IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft will be among others meeting with Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.). More details here.
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