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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mocana automates IoT security across the supply chain

By Nick Flaherty

IoT security specialist Mocana has launched a platform that provides a comprehensive system to manage security across the lifecycle of IoT devices and industrial control systems (ICS) which it says is the industry's first. 

It has been developed for manufacturers and operators of IoT devices and industrial equipment and provides supply chain integrity, offering full management of cybersecurity across the entire IoT device security lifecycle – embedded systems and software development, manufacturing, device enrollment, and secure firmware updates. 

The TrustCenter [sic] platform works with Mocana’s TrustPoint IoT endpoint security software that is used on over 100 million devices. 
“Traditional IT and OT security approaches are not enough to defend against the sophisticated threats from hackers and state actors,” said William Diotte, CEO of Mocana. “With escalating cyber attacks on critical infrastructure and IoT, it’s imperative that industrial companies implement stronger controls in their automation and control equipment. Mocana TrustCenter and TrustPoint make it easier to implement strong security into devices by automating the lifecycle of cybersecurity for a device. We’re thrilled that Mocana TrustCenter has the support of major industry leaders such as Intel, Dell, and Verizon.” 

The platform can be deployed on bare metal, private cloud, or public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and ensures the trustworthiness of both the device and the data from end-to-end. It also reduces the time it takes to install secure credentials on a device from minutes to seconds with automated secure device onboarding, enrollment and over-the-air (OTA) updates. 

It has been integrated with Intel’s Secure Device Onboarding (SDO) platform to reduce the time it takes to automate provisioning of secure credentials onto devices based on Intel’s EPID identity built into the silicon on embedded chips and boards. 

The endpoint software provides a full-stack architecture for protecting endpoints with FIPS 140-2 Level 1 validated cryptography for securing the boot process, authentication, device and data integrity and secure transport. It is pre-integrated with more than 70 chipsets and 30 real-time operating systems and the API makes it easy to integrate TrustPoint with embedded applications and hardware. 

“Supply chain integrity is one of the most important challenges facing the industrial IoT,” said Ed Amoroso, CEO of customer TAG Cyber in the US. “Mocana’s IoT Trust Platform is tackling this problem head on by automating device enrollment and security provisioning. With tools for both suppliers and OEMs, Mocana’s trust services will simplify enrollment and secure updates.” 

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