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Verizon partners Mocana to simplify IoT security

Steve Rogerson
May 24, 2018
 
At last week’s Internet of Things World Conference in Santa Clara, Verizon and Mocana announced a partnership to simplify IoT security. This involves integrating California-based Mocana’s TrustPoint endpoint security software with Verizon’s ThingSpace, a platform for IoT device connectivity, management, security and analytics.
 
Mocana provides mission-critical IoT security for industrial control systems and the IoT. TrustPoint is its flagship IoT endpoint security product, providing compliant security that protects more than 100 million mission-critical devices for large industrial and IoT manufacturers.
 
Combining TrustPoint with Verizon’s deep network security and managed security offerings can simplify the management of the IoT security lifecycle to improve supply chain integrity.
 
According to Verizon, 48% of data breaches involved hacking. With billions of IoT connected devices deployed and being introduced, manufacturers and IoT service providers need an easier way to scale the management IoT security. Integrating TrustPoint with ThingSpace should help users simplify the development of IoT applications with pre-integrated security customised for a number of embedded systems and microcontrollers.
 
They will be able to harden IoT devices by incorporating essential security such as secure boot, secure update, intelligent firewall and security credentialing into IoT devices that communicate with Verizon's cellular network.
 
This will provide security for ThingSpace devices through NIST FIPS 140-2 level-one validated cryptography that meets the Industrial Internet Consortium endpoint security best practices, and could simplify and scale IoT device onboarding and enrolment with complete credentialing for IoT device authentication and authorisation.
 
Ultimately, this could accelerate the time to market for IoT services and products.
 
“Securing an IoT solution can be complex and challenging for device manufactures and enterprises without the expertise in embedded system security,” said Abhi Dugar, research director at IDC. “Verizon and Mocana’s partnership makes sense and will enable manufacturers, infrastructure operators, enterprises and systems integrators to more easily scale IoT security to support billions of devices.”
 
Founded in 2002, Mocana provides mission-critical IoT security for embedded systems, industrial controls and the IoT. Its cyber-security software goes beyond traditional security approaches by making IoT and ICS devices trustworthy and enabling secure device-to-cloud communications. The firm’s full-stack platform operates across complex, multi-vendor environments where performance and security are critical to ensuring safety and reliability.
 
“Leveraging Verizon’s comprehensive understanding of mobile networking, network security, managed networks and security, global coverage, and secure cloud connectivity will enable our joint customers to scale their IoT digitalisation strategies securely and profitability,” said William Diotte, CEO at Mocana. “Our partnership will help companies with large global IoT initiatives, including systems integrators and technology providers, to scale and manage IoT device security.”
 
Verizon has introduced its ThingSpace Ready programme to help get cellular IoT services to market more quickly and cost effectively. Designed to help device developers build, certify and manage devices on Verizon’s network, ThingSpace Ready alleviates hurdles by making it easier for developers to acquire more affordable cellular modules, IoT SIMs and hardware design services via partnerships with Bittium, G+D Mobile Security, Mobilogix, Quectel, Sequans and U-Blox, with additional partners to be announced.