A rich and expanding ecosystem of software, sensors, connectivity and processors is enabling manufacturers of previously isolated and ‘analogue’ devices to develop exciting new functionality. Products or ‘Things’ from simple sensors to highly complex, bespoke machinery can now be connected to cloud systems and the wider internet, sharing information and consequently driving efficiencies and enhancements.
But all this comes at a potential cost. Device manufacturers previously just had to specialise in hardware production – now they also need expertise in software development, and particularly in cyber security. Smart, connected products share some familiar vulnerabilities with IT in general and internet security more specifically. However, these products have major new points of vulnerability, they lack common defence mechanisms, and the impact of intrusions can be more severe.
More complex systems mean more types of attack entry points. Indeed every smart device is a potential entry point to an organisational network for malicious cyber criminals – which means that every smart device needs the same sophisticated cyber security typically applied to desktops and laptops, yet many embedded devices can not support run-time security solutions. And with thousands of SMART connected products manufactured each week, the attack surface is constantly expanding. But with limited processing power available to some simpler smart devices, how can this be achieved?
Smart device manufacturers need to look to the cloud and implement IoT security solutions that carry out process-heavy security tasks such as encryption and device authentication separately from the device itself.
Device Authority’s KeyScaler™ Platform allows manufacturers of smart devices to embed them with device authentication and data encryption technologies. Unique patented Dynamic Device Key Generation (DDKG) technology combined with a cloud-based IoT platform allows smart devices to be fully secured without relying on excessive in-device processing power.
The KeyScaler™ platform from Device Authority addresses all the security concerns that any industry vertical would have by providing the most appropriate Identity and Access Management for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Device Authority remains the most secure Trust and Privacy platform for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Device Authority’s core security solution for smart device manufacturers delivers a number of benefits including: