US Wireless Industry White Paper States Securing the Internet of Things Requires Flexibility from Regulation to Continue Investment in Innovation

As the Internet of Things integrate into users' lives, the U.S. wireless industry leads in securing its networks and protecting consumers' data

May 01, 2014, 07:59 ET from CTIA-The Wireless Association

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From banking and healthcare to connected homes and cars, there will be more than 50 billion connected devices sharing information with each other to enrich our lives by 2020. In light of this burgeoning "Internet of Things" (IoT), CTIA-The Wireless Association®'s Cybersecurity Working Group (CSWG) today released its fourth white paper, "Mobile Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things: Empowering M2M Communication" (PDF) that addresses how we secure the IoT and encourage continued innovation in this field while protecting consumers' data. The key to meeting these three goals is continued flexibility from unnecessary regulation that could impose unintended consequences.

Machine to machine (M2M) technologies connect people as well as physical objects and appliances with software and applications as part of the IoT. While there are significant benefits made possible by the Internet of Things for consumers' personal and work lives, it's still in its infancy. Yet the rapid pace of innovation also requires significant investment in cybersecurity to protect these connected devices from cyberthieves who wish to impose harm and havoc.

"As more individuals, companies and governments deploy connected devices in the U.S., cybersecurity must be a top priority to ensure cybercriminals around the world are thwarted while encouraging continued innovation in the Internet of Things. In return, our members will continue to invest in protecting their networks, devices and customers, which is why U.S. wireless users enjoy one of the lowest mobile malware infection rates in the world," said Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA.

Formed in June 2012, CTIA's CSWG is comprised of senior representatives from 36 companies throughout the wireless industry. The third white paper, "Today's Mobile Cybersecurity: Industry Megatrends and Consumers," is available at: (PDF). The second white paper, "Today's Mobile Cybersecurity: Blueprint for the Future," is available at: (PDF). The first white paper, "Today's Mobile Cybersecurity: Protected, Secured and Unified" is available at: (PDF).

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