TRENDMICRO UNVEILS INITIATIVE TO BOOST CYBERSECURITY: Japanese cybersecurity firm TrendMicro has announced a new program aimed at combating threats to IoT devices. The program invites device manufacturers to participate in TrendMicro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), a research program that evaluates the software that powers IoT devices and looks for potential vulnerabilities within them when they ship. The ZDI has already been examining software on existing devices through 2018, with the research team issuing 600 advisories, including almost 200 for industrial IoT devices. The new addition to the program will allow companies developing devices to access existing research archives so they’re able to identify those potential vulnerabilities before a device is fully designed — and hopefully well before it’s shipped — which would prevent potential hackers from compromising it. The IoT broadly has suffered from a poor reputation for security, with numerous devices being compromised and used in Mirai botnets or infected with ransomware. Developing more secure devices will help to boost consumer and enterprise confidence in IoT hardware, which could buoy adoption overall.