Cryptosoft, ITU partners to enhance internet security in developing countries


Cryptosoft 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.”

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