Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Tata and Thales partner to protect IoT data

Steve Rogerson
July 18, 2019

Tata Communications is working with French technology company Thales on IoT security to safeguard critical data in sectors such as automotive both at the device and network level.
The firms are working together to develop secure global IoT connectivity using Tata’s Move mobility and IoT platform and Thales’s T-Sure warranted digital identity offering. The goal is set to unlock the value in data generated by connected devices such as cars and lorries, while maintaining the integrity and security of IoT data.
In Tata’s global Cycle of Progress survey, 30% of IT decision makers cited security and 25% cited privacy issues as the biggest barriers to IoT adoption. More than 1600 business decision makers were surveyed at the end of 2018 across ten countries.
The combined capabilities of Tata Communications and Thales aim to lower these barriers and enable businesses and manufacturers to make the most of the transformational potential of IoT by giving them peace of mind that their critical IoT data are protected against cyber attacks.
Thales will provide its T-Sure warranted digital identity product to Tata’s Move SIM cards, based on technologies from Gemalto, a Thales company. While Move encrypts the data in motion (in current use), T-Sure protects the information at rest (archived) on the SIM, therefore safeguarding data both on the network and at the device level. The two companies look to undertake a series of proofs-of-concept with customers to test this in action.
The need to protect IoT data is a major concern for the automotive industry, due to advancements in connected cars and autonomous vehicles coupled with the continued threat of cyber attacks. The Thales and Tata offering aims to secure the data vehicles carry and provide control over data and applications, while keeping hackers and cyber criminals at bay.
Reliable communications from vehicles to infrastructure (V2I) and from vehicle to vehicle (V2V) will help unlock the value in data generated by vehicles in applications such as driving pattern analytics, emergency services or preventive maintenance.
Thus, the manufacturer will be able to gather data through the SIM to ensure a vehicle is operating safely, the dealership can use the SIM for keeping track of the maintenance logs, and the vehicle car owner can trust that his or her private information stays private.
“The only thing that will allow the IoT to fulfil its potential and bring about innovations like autonomous vehicles is totally trusted and secure data connectivity,” said Gareth Williams, vice president at Thales. “The marriage of Tata Communications’ expertise in the connected automotive sector with Thales’s leadership position in IoT and data security, reinforced by the integration of Gemalto, is driving an offering that will give end users complete trust in the integrity of their data while opening up new business opportunities for manufacturers.”
The aim is to allow for multiple secure vaults within the vehicle to which only the vault owner has access. This means the manufacturer, dealership and vehicle owner will each have their own private, secure space to store information, run applications and establish communications, and the security of these vaults would be enabled and managed via the Move platform.
“IoT could transform how businesses operate and how people engage with one another and with every thing,” said Anthony Bartolo, chief product officer at Tata Communications. “Protecting data against cyber attacks both at the device and network level is crucial to accelerate IoT adoption worldwide. Tata Communications Move together with Thales’s T-Sure aims to help businesses adopt IoT with confidence. It takes us closer to fulfilling our vision for a world where anything can be born connected, and born secure.”
Thales generated revenues of €19bn in 2018 with 80,000 employees in 68 countries.
India-based Tata Communications represents 300 of the Fortune 500 whose digital transformation journeys are enabled by its portfolio of integrated, globally managed services that deliver local customer experiences. Through its network, cloud, mobility, IoT, collaboration and security services, Tata carries around 30% of the world’s internet routes, and connects businesses to 60% of the world’s cloud giants and four out of five mobile subscribers.
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