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Kaspersky, Favoriot Enhance IoT Security

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Kaspersky’s secure gateway and Favoriot’s IoT platform join forces to protect smart devices from cyberattacks in the region. Learn about the partnership and essential security tips for your IoT devices.

Internet of Things (IoT) devices include wearables, smart home appliances, smart city systems, self-driving cars, automated retail checkouts, and other smart devices for home and business use. Cybercriminals infect smart devices to conduct attacks or as a proxy for other malicious actions. In 2023, IoT devices in the Middle East, Turkiye, and Africa region were responsible for over 8 million outgoing attacks spotted on Kaspersky honeypots. To protect smart devices worldwide, Kaspersky announced plans to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Favoriot, a regional innovator in IoT platforms, at its Cyber Security Weekend- META event

IoT devices are connected with business applications and cloud platforms through business applications.  Kaspersky IoT Secure Gateway 1000 (KISG 1000) ensures the security of these interactions due to the Cyber Immune operating system – KasperskyOS – at its core. With KISG 1000, the entire IoT system of an organization is protected at the gateway level due to Kaspersky’s secure-by-design approach and built-in protection capabilities.

Given the diversity of IoT devices and the related cybersecurity risks, the need for their protection is clear. Traditional measures may not be sufficient for IoT protection; hence, specialized security solutions should be implemented,” comments Dr Mazlan Abbas, CEO of Favoriot. “Favoriot is an innovator in IoT integration, and today at the Cyber Security Weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we are proud to announce a strategic partnership planned to be signed between Favoriot and Kaspersky later in the year. This partnership will see our companies focus on jointly developing the Favoriot IoT platform and Kaspersky’s Cyber Immune IoT Gateway to provide for a safer tomorrow.

Victor Ivanovsky, KasperskyOS Business Development Lead, added:Kaspersky Cyber Immunity helps organizations operating across multiple industries, such as smart city systems, manufacturing, energy production, or others, to get a secure IoT system and visibility across all connected devices. Customers can fully protect their IoT suite, from the gateway to the cloud, and manage it through one centralized administration console. We are happy that together with Favoriot, we will be able to bring next-gen cyber protection to more organizations – in the SEA, META regions, and worldwide.” 

To keep an organization’s IoT suite safe, Kaspersky recommends:

  • Change the factory passwords at initial setup, and use complex passwords at least eight characters long, including upper and lower-case letters, numerals, and special characters.
  • Use a strict access policy, network segmentation, and a zero-trust model. This will help to minimize the spread of an attack and protect the most sensitive parts of the infrastructure.
  • Check the IoT Security Maturity Model – an approach that helps companies evaluate all steps and levels they need to pass to achieve sufficient IoT protection.
  • Use a dedicated IoT gateway that ensures the built-in security and reliability of data transfer, like KISG 1000. 
  • Use Kaspersky Threat Intelligence as a reference to block network connections originating from malicious network addresses detected by security researchers.

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