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Bitdefender, NETGEAR seal IoT security licence deal

Global security company Bitdefender has done a deal to license networking provider NETGEAR to include its IoT security technology in the latter's networking devices.

Bitdefender says that with advanced threats leveraging vulnerabilities in smart devices, the joint offering will secure IoT devices at the Wi-Fi router level, preventing attacks and protecting sensitive user data from cyber criminals.

“Consumers can count on a comprehensive IoT security technology with the capability to detect devices within the NETGEAR Nighthawk Wi-Fi Router network and identify those with vulnerabilities,” Bitdefender says.

“To be first 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 popular Nighthawk performance routers later in the year via firmware updates. With Safe Browsing feature in place, this joint solution can block malicious URLs to protect from phishing and online fraud.”

“Bitdefender is a leader in providing comprehensive security solutions for the connected home.” said David J. Henry, NETGEAR senior vice-president of Home Networking.

“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 vice-president of Consumer Solutions, said, “We are excited about our new partnership 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.”

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