Webroot and Lynx partner to protect connected IoT devices from targeted attacks

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Webroot, the intelligent cybersecurity solutions provider for endpoints and collective threat intelligence, and Lynx Software Technologies, Inc., the embedded safety and security software provider, have announced a strategic partnership. The companies are combining security technologies which enable developers to build advanced threat detection and protection into Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices.

The Webroot IoT Security Toolkit enables IoT and IIoT system integrators and solution designers to integrate real-time threat intelligence services and intelligent cybersecurity device agents to protect critical systems against modern threats. The LynxSecure Hypervisor from Lynx Software Technologies is a secure virtualisation solution that is based on separation kernel technology, originally designed to separate and protect military networks at different classification levels.

Combining these technologies involves embedding components of the Webroot IoT Security Toolkit inside the LynxSecure Hypervisor secure virtual space. This allows for detection, identification and containment of threats without the constraints or risks inherent in running solutions at the operating system level. Any threats that enter the IoT environment can be quickly identified by Webroot BrightCloud threat intelligence, quarantined using the LynxSecure isolation capabilities, and removed from the system.

"With constantly changing security threats, we need an IoT security solution that adapts to any environment while taking into account the importance of future-proofing and the need for living protection," said Dick Williams, Webroot CEO. "As we bring our cloud-based threat intelligence to IoT developers through the Webroot IoT Security Toolkit, we see a very clear alliance with Lynx. By combining our technologies, we're able to offer a unique solution to protect the connected IoT world from advanced targeted threats."

"The foundational security protection that LynxSecure offers to embedded developers is already being used in IoT systems today," said Gurjot Singh, CEO, Lynx Software Technologies. "By integrating solutions powered by cloud-based threat intelligence from Webroot, we can substantially increase threat awareness and resilience to protect the increasing number of IoT systems that are being connected to the outside world."

"At VDC we have observed a dramatic increase in investments made toward securing IoT devices, especially as more critical systems are being connected to the Internet," said Chris Rommel, executive vice president, IoT and embedded technology, VDC Research. "We believe that building systems with a secure platform linked to advanced threat intelligence, as offered by Lynx and Webroot, will go a long way in mitigating advanced cyber threats in Internet connected devices."

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