The Rise of Digital Birth Certificates
Internet-connected devices, such as implantable defibrillators, industrial control valves and fitness trackers are increasingly making their way onto the market. Business Insider Intelligence projects 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 Thales 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 flagship, tamper-resistant nShield HSMs, provide a means to authenticate devices as well as manage their security configuration on an ongoing basis.
Code-Signing: The Antidote to Software Tampering
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. By signing code with an HSM-protected key, the authenticity and integrity of firmware updates that deliver new functionality or security patches can be ensured, significantly reducing the risks associated with the introduction of malicious code and similar attacks.
Encryption of IoT Backend Data
The Vormetric Data Security Platform also strengthened 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 unique capabilities, including Live Data Transformation, provide scalability and transparency that eliminate the pain associated with managing encryption keys on an ongoing basis.
John Grimm, senior director of IoT security strategy at Thales e-Security says:
"Enterprises such as Samsung, Polycom and Microsemi currently leverage our security solutions for the IoT. 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."
Stop by the Thales booth #S1007 South Expo to check out our IoT demonstration, RSA Conference, Moscone Center, San Francisco, Feb. 13-16, 2017.
About Thales e-Security
Thales e-Security is the leader in advanced data security solutions and services that deliver trust wherever information is created, shared or stored. We ensure that the data belonging to companies and government entities is both secure and trusted in any environment – on-premise, in the cloud, in data centers or big data environments – without sacrificing business agility. Security doesn't just reduce risk, it's an enabler of the digital initiatives that now permeate our daily lives – digital money, e-identities, healthcare, connected cars and with the internet of things (IoT) even household devices. Thales provides everything an organization needs to protect and manage its data, identities and intellectual property and meet regulatory compliance – through encryption, advanced key management, tokenization, privileged user control and high assurance solutions. Security professionals around the globe rely on Thales to confidently accelerate their organization's digital transformation. Thales e-Security is part of Thales Group.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.
Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe's leading players in the security market. The Group's security teams work with government agencies, local authorities and enterprise customers to develop and deploy integrated, resilient solutions to protect citizens, sensitive data and critical infrastructure.
Thales offers world-class cryptographic capabilities and is a global leader in cybersecurity solutions for defence, government, critical infrastructure providers, telecom companies, industry and the financial services sector. With a value proposition addressing the entire data security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from security consulting, data protection, digital trust management and design, development, integration, certification and security maintenance of cybersecured systems, to cyberthreat management, intrusion detection and security supervision through cybersecurity Operation Centres in France, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Hong Kong.
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