IOT News Roundup

Seebo, IBM collaborate to simplify IoT development; Embelin partners with Orange Business Services to offer IoT connectivity in Europe; Thales intros security solutions for IoT devices and data; VMware, VizExplorer announce partnership to provide integrated IoT solutions; Survey highlights importance of interoperability in the Internet of Things.
By Rich Handley

Thales Intros Security Solutions for IoT Devices and Data

Thales, a provider of critical-information systems, cybersecurity and data security, has announces that it will offer solutions to provide security and trust for the Internet of Things. Designed to authenticate IoT devices and protect IoT data from the point of collection through to aggregated data repositories, Thales's digital birth certificate, code signing and transparent encryption solutions allow organizations to manage device security and protect data efficiently. Using these foundational elements, organizations can ensure the lifecycle integrity of IoT data and greatly enhance overall trust in their IoT business processes.

Internet-connected devices, such as implantable defibrillators, industrial control valves and fitness trackers, are increasingly making their way onto the market, the company indicates. Business Insider Intelligence projects that there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015. While a boon for businesses and a convenience for consumers, this connectivity comes with potential security challenges—a concern that Thales says it addresses by providing cryptographic credentials that establish a unique identity for each device. These digital birth certificates, based on keys generated within the certified secure confines of the company's tamper-resistent nShield HSMs, provide a means to authenticate devices, as well as manage their security configuration on an ongoing basis.

High-profile malware and APT attacks, such as the Mirai botnet, have drawn attention to the need for a secure process to update firmware on devices in the field. Built on the nShield HSM, the Thales Code Signing solution helps software producers of all types protect their organizations from risks associated with software tampering.

The Vormetric Data Security Platform is part of Thales's IoT solution set. Customers utilizing Vormetric Transparent Encryption (VTE) technology can protect data-at-rest across a wide range of platforms and environments. Additional capabilities, including Live Data Transformation, provide scalability and transparency to eliminate the hassle associated with managing encryption keys on an ongoing basis.

"Enterprises such as Samsung, Polycom and Microsemi currently leverage our security solutions for the IoT," said John Grimm, Thales' senior director of IoT security strategy, in a prepared statement. "We expect this demand will continue to grow, especially as we advance our IoT solutions and services to address security and integrity for a wide range of IoT device types and platforms. Thales solutions will enable organizations to best leverage the capabilities of specific devices to establish and subsequently maintain the level of trust they need—as part of their infrastructure or by partnering with Thales to provide to them in a service model. As we evolve to provide these capabilities as a cloud service, enterprises will have the flexibility to scale their IoT projects securely and adapt to changing requirements."

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