IBM announced that its security arm has launched testing services for IoT and automobiles, which will be tied with their Watson IoT offerings and X-Force Red. IBM X-Force Red services provides an extra feature of penetration testing and security and the Watson IoT platform offers management of IoT environments and configuration. These services are provided to organizations who are planning to launch smart devices and connected cars.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen security testing further emerge as a key component in clients’ security programs,” said Charles Henderson, Global Head of IBM X-Force Red.
According to IBM, 58 percent of companies are testing their IoT apps only during the production phase, which results in introducing vulnerabilities into existing systems. IBM researchers have worked greatly with suppliers and manufacturers across the US and Europe to enhance the use cases, which helps to handle situations such as when the devices were hacked remotely.
"Our penetration testers were fascinated by automobiles and with Petya and WannaCry generating so much publicity it is just a matter of time before you turn on your car and you get a message that you have to pay so many bitcoins to unlock it," said Marc Zadelhoff, General Manager, IBM Security.
IBM IoT security reaches out to over 100 Indian companies like BSE and DHFL to alleviate cyber attack, by helping clients in either building up their own on-premises SOCs (Security Operations Center) or using facilities and services from the IBM SOC in Bangalore.