Global security technology company, Bitdefender, has announced a partnership with global networking company NETGEAR that will see its IoT security technology integrated with NETGEAR devices.
This joint offering aims to deliver several outcomes including securing users’ IoT devices at the Wi-Fi router level, protecting sensitive user data from cybercriminals, detecting devices within the NETGEAR Nighthawk Wi-Fi Router network and identify those with vulnerabilities and blocking malicious URLs to protect from phishing and online fraud via the ‘Safe Browsing’ feature
Bitdefender’s integration with NETGEAR will first be introduced on the Nighthawk AC2300 Smart Wi-Fi router (R7000P) later this quarter. NETGEAR Armor powered by Bitdefender will be made available for the Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi system and the Nighthawk performance routers later in the year via firmware updates.
The move comes as much has been made of the vulnerability of ‘smart products’ particularly in the home as criminals use networks to break and enter in a whole new way, stealing information, rather than physical valuables. In short, this move looks to block at router level, reducing the threat.
“Bitdefender is a leader in providing comprehensive security solutions for the connected home.” says David J. Henry, NETGEAR senior vice president of Connected Home. “Together we are providing customers with breakthrough technology to provide smart home security as part of our Nighthawk AC2300 Smart Wi-Fi router. The key benefit of NETGEAR ARMOR, will be to provide a central security solution that protects all the devices in the home against cyber threats.”
Ciprian Istrate, Bitdefender’s VP of Consumer Solutions, adds, “We are excited about our new relationship with NETGEAR. The integration of our solutions will help prevent damaging breaches and attacks through various types of IoT devices, from doorbells to thermostats to baby monitors to security cameras to smart TVs. We’re pleased that our long history of breakthroughs in IT security can now be a part of a new offering that helps protect IoT devices from cyber criminals.”