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Kathy Gibson at Fujitsu Forum, Munich – The deployment of millions – potentially billions – of Internet of Things (IoT) devices adds to the already-considerable cybersecurity threats that organisations are vulnerable to.

“When you think about how big IoT is going to be, and how many devices we will connect, you can understand that security is going to be critical,” says Duncan Tait, corporate executive officer: senior executive vice-president and head of Americas and EMEIA at Fujitsu.

“You can’t underestimate the catastrophic damage that a cyberattack can cause. And it can start with something simple, like opening an infected email. The nature and scale of cyberthreats is changing so fast that traditional security solutions on their own are no longer enough to provide adequate protection.”

According to a recent report by global insurer Lloyds of London, attacks on computer operating systems run by a large number of businesses around the world could cause losses of $28,7-billion in terms of their financial, economic and insurance impact.

In this environment, companies need to manage their risk, and constantly test their defences, he says. And, in the event they are attacked, a response and recovery plan should be in place to minimise the impact.

“Today, being unprepared for a cyberattack can put a company out of business,” Tait says. “Our news Cyber Threat Intelligence service gives customers a comprehensive view of their security posture, through analysis of security risks and actionable information.”

The CTI service takes a predictive view to provide the earliest possible warning for relevant new IT security threats, focused on enabling business continuity through threat mitigation.

Fujitsu security experts are also on hand to help organisations take proactive countermeasures to minimise their risk of being breached, such as providing 24×7 customer systems monitoring.

With its CTI service, Fujitsu aims to ensure that organisations can continue to function even when under cyberattack.

Rob Norris, head of enterprise and cybersecurity: EMEA at Fujitsu, says: “Being online is the lifeblood for all organisations today – and it is critical to remain online, and protect the integrity of your systems and your data even when you’re under attack from cybercriminals.

“The CTI service is a comprehensive view of customers’ security posture, thorough analysis of security risks and actionable information.”

With a human intelligence-led approach, Fujitsu’s CTI service provides more targeted insight than traditional, purely technology-driven approaches to managed security services.

Teams perform thorough, ongoing monitoring and assessment of the threat landscape, bringing together threat intelligence data from a broad range of sources – including customers’ own, and from sources such as strategic technology partners, market-leading third-party tools and intelligence forums – for in-depth threat and risk analyses.

This combined intelligence is used to help determine the severity of evolving cyberthreats, with customers being advised on their individual risk levels, and offered recommendations on how to implement counter measures and proactively mitigate threats.

Meanwhile, Fujitsu has been chosen as the technical lead in a new EU-funded innovation project – “Predictive Security for IoT Platforms and Networks of Smart Objects (SecureIoT)” – to protect digital industries.

The project is a joint effort by Fujitsu and other global leaders in IoT services and cybersecurity to make the digital world more secure by enabling the automated risk management of IoT systems in automotive, manufacturing, healthcare and critical infrastructures.