Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Kudelski and Pepper partner on IoT security

Steve Rogerson
December 12, 2018



Swiss digital security company Kudelski Group is working with Kansas City start-up Pepper IoT to protect IoT service providers and retailers from cyber-security risks and increase consumer confidence in connected device security.
 
The two companies have agreed a long-term collaboration to influence best practices and criteria for retailers and service providers to reduce the risk of cyber-security threats. They will also provide the tools and capabilities for device manufacturers to meet those best practices and criteria.
 
In 2020, the total number of IoT devices installed across the world will rise to 20.4 billion, according to analyst firm Gartner. This explosive growth in connected devices creates an exponentially larger attack surface every year. Hackers and nation-states are increasingly leveraging IoT vulnerabilities to carry out DDoS attacks, steal consumer data and invade the privacy of homes and offices.
 
The partnership will leverage the Kudelski IoT Security Suite, a set of services designed to make IoT security simple, scalable and sustainable. Kudelski has more than 30 years of experience designing software and hardware-based security. It has deep cyber-security advisory and testing expertise and managed security services that are delivered through cyber fusion centres in the USA and Switzerland.
 
"Consumers have a right to, and an expectation of, privacy regarding the devices in their homes that they interact with on a daily basis,” said Jean-Michel Puiatti, SVP of IoT security at Kudelski Group. “Retailers and service providers have a duty to ensure the devices they are selling have proper privacy and security safeguards. By combining Pepper IoT's powerful IoT operating system and service delivery platform with Kudelski's expertise in device and data protection, we are working to secure IoT devices from the moment they're manufactured through their long-term use in consumers' homes."
 
Pepper IoT is a flexible, multi-tenant and secure platform created to help big enterprises design, launch, manage and monetise large-scale IoT services.
 
"It is terrifying to see millions of vulnerable connected devices being distributed to US consumers who have no idea how their personal data are being used and how easy it is for hackers to access their home wifi networks through these devices,” said Scott Ford, CEO at Pepper IoT. “For many reasons, IoT data and communications must be managed in the country of device purchase, and devices must be designed to protect against cyber-security breach."
 
Pepper IoT is a Kansas City-based start-up focused on the IoT. The company offers an operating system and service delivery platform that empowers enterprises to deploy sophisticated IoT services.