September 20, 2018

Cyber security firms DigiCert, Gemalto, ISARA partner for IoT

The consortium seeks to develop advanced quantum-safe digital certificates for connected IoT devices with lengthy product lifetimes.

Cyber security firms

A consortium of cyber security firms, namely- DigiCert, Gemalto and ISARA have joined hands in a bid to provide quantum-safe digital certificates to secure IoT (Internet of Things) devices. As per the terms of the deal, the consortium will be focusing their efforts on scaling this solution across private, public and hybrid cloud environments by avoiding expensive retrofits.

According to the consortium, enterprises deploying various cloud environments are leveraging the power of IoT to operate applications. They say that cloud-based IoT applications are the future for enterprises since it allows them to seamlessly connect environments to devices.

However, these environments need to be protected since IoT, as well as cloud, are vulnerable to virus attacks, says the consortium.

By coming together, the cyber security firms claim that they will be providing quantum-safe digital certificates that secure IoT devices over all types of cloud environments.

They say that Gemalto’s secure key storage when integrated with ISARA’s quantum-safe solutions and DigiCert’s PKI system (Public Key Infrastructure) will allow them to deploy their solutions at any scale possible.

Speaking about the alliance, Scott Totzke, CEO & Co-founder at ISARA, commented:

The work we’re doing today ensures that a fundamental element of the security stack, root certificates, is secure by embedding quantum-safe cryptography.

This means that IoT manufacturers and other large organizations will have the solutions and tools they need to prepare for the quantum threat well in advance of that date, keeping confidential information and high-value assets safe.

Gemalto claim that they are looking forward to working with the teams at ISARA and DigiCert. Todd Moore, Senior Vice President for Encryption Products at Gemalto, commented:

This partnership with DigiCert and ISARA will help organizations build secure and future-proof cryptographic operations that can guard against the potential security threats of quantum computing and ensure a more secure world for connected automobiles, devices, machines, smart cities and mission-critical infrastructure.

Industry experts opine that IoT will soon be the mainstay for cloud native enterprises with this move. The recent alliance between Tata Elxsi and Ayla Networks too is a testimony to this claim.