Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

PrimeKey meets IoT device makers’ need for security

Steve Rogerson
April 1, 2020



Swedish digital security company PrimeKey has released an enterprise cloud validation authority (VA) to meet IoT device manufacturers' need for scalable, flexible and cost-effective security. It is available on AWS Marketplace.
 
PrimeKey provides public key infrastructure (PKI) and digital signature products. Its EJBCA enterprise cloud-based VA instance has online certificate status protocol (OCSP) and certificate revocation list functionality.
 
The VA-only offering is for organisations such as consumer and industrial IoT device manufacturers that require massive economies of scale to generate millions of security certificates without significantly adding to the cost of their product.
 
OCSP provides validation for PKI, but typically requires high volumes of connections that are geographically dispersed and require high server availability. All too often, users are forced to purchase a full complement of EJBCA cloud instances for VA, even if they only want to use OCSP functionality. With PrimeKey's enterprise cloud VA, users can now scale out their OCSP layer in a more economical way.
 
"Our cloud-based VA offering allows customers to use EJBCA software to leverage VA in a more cost-effective way," said Tomas Gustavsson, chief technology officer at PrimeKey. “With PrimeKey's breakthrough technology and architecture, users can easily scale their VA efforts to thousands or even millions of devices. This gives users limitless flexibility, whether it's extending their on-premise services to the cloud, increasing VA on demand during peak hours, or providing services to different audiences. Rather than incurring hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in incremental costs associated with traditional, on-premise data centre certification, EJBCA Enterprise Cloud VA offers the same functionality for just a few cents per certificate."
 
The cloud-based VA is designed to be peered with another EJBCA enterprise certificate authority instance to create a fully separated certificate authority hierarchy, made easier with a configuration wizard. The offering is available with two levels of support: round-the-clock premium support, or standard support for eight hours a day, five days a week.
 
PrimeKey has offices in Stockholm, San Mateo and Aachen, Germany. Its products can be deployed as software, hardware appliance, in AWS or Azure, or a combination of these.