How PKI can protect internet connected devices

23rd May 2017
Source: Icon Labs
Posted By : Joe Bush
How PKI can protect internet connected devices

A new whitepaper has been launched by Icon Labs, provider of security solutions for IoT and edge devices, titled: ‘Why PKI Matters for the IIoT’. This new IoT security white paper explains PKI, Authentication and Certificate Management – how they work, what they are, and how OEMs, manufacturers and developers can implement the latest technical developments in PKI security technologies.

 

“OEMs building IIoT devices, and enterprises deploying IIoT networks, must be proactive by ensuring the proper security capabilities are built into both the devices and the networks in which they operate,” said Alan Grau, President of Icon Labs. “Strong authentication of all devices within an IIoT network is a critical requirement for securing these networks.”

Cyber attacks against industrial control systems, water treatment plants, critical infrastructure and other IIoT networks are on the rise, as is the number of devices that hackers can target. As the number of devices grows, so does the range of opportunities to hack those devices, and subsequently alter the data. The bottom line is we now have a growing number of both targets and attacks, so we must put the cyber security solution in place to protect these devices.

Just as cyber attacks take many forms and exploit a wide range of vulnerabilities in the target device, so too is cyber security multi-faceted. A fundamental, but often ignored, aspect of cyber security for IIoT devices is strong authentication.

The whitepaper can be viewed here.


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