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MobileIron aims to secure enterprise IoT

William Payne
March 16, 2017

Mobile device management and enterprise mobility firm MobileIron has created an IoT division to build an end-to-end chain of trust from sensor to app to gateway to cloud to network. The division will be led by Santhosh Nair, who led the IoT team at Intel subsidiary Wind River. MobileIron plans to have an IoT product ready for sale later this year.

MobileIron plans to apply a three-point architecture of policy engine, edge client, and network gateway to build enterprise security for IoT deployments. 

Under the planned product, administrators will automate rules using the policy engine. The edge client will enforce actions on the IoT gateway and monitor security posture. The network gateway will ensure that IoT data is transmitted securely and not be susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks.

"There's been a lot of hype around the Internet of Things and most of it is just that: hype. The mistake that a lot of companies make with IoT is that they start by looking at the problem from the sensor up," said Barry Mainz, President and CEO, MobileIron. "Our customer-focused approach is exactly the opposite. Over the last year, we have worked hand-in-hand with our customers and global operator partners to understand how companies want to use IoT and what challenges they face. As a result, we have defined specific use cases in healthcare, energy, manufacturing, and automotive where we can help our customers. This creates a tremendous opportunity for us."

Joining MobileIron to lead the new division is Santhosh Nair. He joins from Wind River, an Intel company, where he was the Vice President & General Manager of the IoT business unit and managed key customer relationships across broad markets. Prior to Wind River, he spent over 15 years at GE Healthcare culminating in his role as Worldwide Product Manager for the $1.5B Computed Tomography (CT) business. 

"Enterprise endpoint security is critical to the successful adoption of technologies for the Internet of Things and many of MobileIron's engineering innovations are directly applicable to IoT. I believe we have a big opportunity and a huge market lead," said Santhosh Nair, VP, IoT, MobileIron.