United Nations Partners with Tech Firms for Increased Internet Security in Developing Countries
Cryptosoft, a UK-based information security company, has announced a partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a United Nations agency to establish increased global Internet security standards focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). The alliance with the ITU, will focus on education and training in countries with less resources.
“Developing countries are adopting IoT technologies at a very fast pace; securing these connections will help ensure improved global cyber security,” says Ryan Johnson, founder of Neo Globe Consulting, the technology consulting group facilitating the partnership.
Neo Globe will help jumpstart joint projects to equip global governments and telecom companies utilizing Cryptosoft’s security expertise. One possible project is the world’s most in-depth Internet of Things (IoT) cyber security profile and readiness survey. Another includes preparing cryptography-focused training labs for national cyber defense teams in developing countries.
“With the influx of Internet-connected devices impacting our daily lives, it’s crucial that security standards are put into practice,” says Al Sisto, the Chairman at Cryptosoft. “Users should feel at ease that their personal data is safe, no matter where in the world they live.”
Cryptosoft has joined the ITU as Associates, particularly to work with ITU-S, the organization that sets telecom standards, and ITU-D, to help find ways to use information and communications technologies (ICT) for social, economic and human development. Cryptosoft CTO, Jon Penney, will be representing the company at the ITU Internet of Things Forum on 19th October.
Cryptosoft focuses on creating trust in IoT transactions through safe connections between machines. This is called machine-to-machine, or M2M communication, and is the basis of how Internet-connected devices share information. Some examples of M2M might include a smart watch communicating health data to an insurance provider. Or a connected refrigerator might automatically order food through an online grocery store.
“All industries—from energy to banking to retail—are being impacted by the Internet of Things” says Johnson. “Privacy and security are major concerns, which is why partnerships like ITU and Cryptosoft are so critical.”
The ITU is a 150-year-old organization that helps set standards for telecommunications technologies and supports development of telecoms in underdeveloped countries. ITU, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a member of the United Nations Development Group. ITU’s membership includes 193 Member States and around 700 public and private sector companies as well as international and regional telecommunication groups.
About Neo Globe: Neo Globe Consulting provides business development, qualitative market research, corporate development, market expansion, policy advisory and market intelligence consulting services, primarily serving the information technology and telecommunications industries. We rely on an extensive network of ad-hoc consultants in many fields and numerous countries to give the expertise our multi-national clients require for the strategic expansion of their business. Find out more at www.neoglobeconsulting.com.
About Cryptosoft: Cryptosoft is delivering trust in the Internet of Things and M2M by simplifying the processes that a company needs to go through to deliver a robust, scalable and easy to use encryption service. Through the Cryptosoft platform, we provide our customers with dramatic and disruptive capabilities to secure their most important asset: their data, as it moves from device to device.
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