Zyxel Communications today announced a partnership with SEC Consult, a leading consultancy in cyber- and application security. The collaboration between the two companies will further strengthen Zyxel’s cybersecurity strategy by expediting and optimizing the ability to respond to threats and vulnerabilities posed by increasingly-complex and ever-evolving cybersecurity threats.

Zyxel Communications announced a partnership with SEC Consult, a prominent cyber- and application security firm. The partnership will boost Zyxel’s cybersecurity strategy by accelerating and improving the company’s capabilities to respond to risks and vulnerabilities caused by incredibly challenging and ever-evolving cybersecurity threats.

End-users are heavily dependant on information-sensitive online services as digitization pervades daily life and online communications tools become crucial for many services. As a result, leading internet service providers are placing an even greater emphasis on network security.

Ensuring a secure development and software architecture

To maintain the highest level of product security, Zyxel, a prominent broadband access provider, has a thorough security strategy and already employs a dedicated security team. The partnership with SEC Consult is aimed at addressing the problems that software-driven products can cause by exposing the network to unidentified security vulnerabilities. The firms collaborated to perform a thorough organisational and technological review that will result in an overall optimization of Zyxel’s safe software development process and security verification methods, with the goal of detecting and eliminating potential security risks.

SEC Consult also did a vulnerability assessment, which included a look into the software for a few Zyxel devices. The assessment’s findings were given to Zyxel’s specialised security team as input for a secure development and software architecture.

SEC Consult will now assist Zyxel in implementing a firmware security analysis platform as a regular security review mechanism in order to automate the security analysis method in the long run.

Raising the overall security level

“Cybersecurity should be considered from the very beginning. It is important to cooperate as early as possible in the value chain, starting with the manufacturers. Additionally, continuous improvement and regular assessments are just as important as the sustainable creation of security awareness in the company. We are proud that our company is supporting Zyxel to prevent, handle, and manage security vulnerabilities more efficiently in the future,” says Wolfgang Baumgartner, General Manager SEC Consult Group.

“The cooperation with SEC Consult will help us to reinforce our security awareness among employees through well-designed training programs. We expect to escalate our product security level through proactive vulnerability prevention,” said Gavin Yeh, Senior Director, EMEA CPE SBU at Zyxel.