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Centri offers cyber-security alternative for IoT

Steve Rogerson
October 7, 2015
Seattle-based data protection company Centri has introduced cyber-security as a smart alternative to complex and impractical use of legacy VPN methods to secure IoT devices.
Called BitSmart, it can protect users of IoT devices by authenticating and securing their data throughout its entire lifecycle – in use, in transit and while at rest.
It is said to provide many of the security features that are missing in legacy security systems:

  • Low latency data throughput;
  • Secure authentication of endpoint device;
  • Encrypted communications between device and application server;
  • Lightweight data optimisation between device and application server to reduce bandwidth in real time;
  • Encrypted data on devices and cloud shared storage; and
  • Mitigation of denial of service impact and business systems disruptions.
“The internet of things brings a completely different paradigm of security for enterprises and technology providers,” said Vaughan Emery, CEO and president of Centri. “Network firewalls, SSL or VPN solutions will not be able to scale or provide the protection needed in a world where most things are connected. BitSmart will have tremendous appeal as a simple, software-only data protection platform for companies rolling out IoT projects from the smallest sensors to the largest pieces of equipment.”
BitSmart can be used in several IoT scenarios on various platforms, chipsets and devices. Energy firms can secure and control remote operations, equipment or the grid from hackers and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Industrial manufacturers can securely deliver sensitive manufacturing data, across cloud or corporate networks. Transportation industries can protect operational controls of vehicles or trains without losing the benefits of connected services.
Centri has also joined the Intel IoT Alliance. The Alliance has more than 400 members that complement Intel platforms across hardware components, embedded software and service providers.