Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

U-Blox and Kudelski set up IoT security laboratory

Steve Rogerson
October 8, 2019
Swiss company U-Blox has partnered the Kudelski Group to help companies protect IoT devices and the ecosystems. They have set up the IoT Security Lab, a consulting service for protecting business assets in high-value ecosystems.
The lab will provide threat assessments and security evaluations for IoT device makers to identify vulnerabilities. These will give them a complete view of the security of their IoT offerings, at the chip, board and software level. It will also provide advice about a device’s overall approach to security and test the security of IoT prototypes before market introduction.
This approach should save IoT device vendors time and money and will reduce the chances of financial and reputational damage once the devices are in service.
“U-Blox has always considered security in the design of its positioning and wireless communications products,” said Eric Heiser, head of services at U-Blox. “This partnership with the Kudelski Group will extend our focus on security from the device to the ecosystem level.”
The IoT Security Lab service will offer risk analyses and initial threat assessments, and will design customer-specific IoT security architectures. It will also be able to advise clients on how to design their IoT devices and ecosystems to take advantage of the security capabilities of U-Blox products, to avoid vulnerabilities and protect them from emerging security issues once in the field.
“Decades of experience have taught us that dedicated device-level security features, such as the root of trust (RoT), are vital to building secure equipment, ecosystems, and the services that rely on them,” said Jean-Michel Puiatti, SVP of IoT security at the Kudelski Group. “Our partnership with U-Blox will enable us to combine its hardware expertise with our security insights to enable a more robust IoT for our clients.”
The lab will help users protect the security of their IoT devices, ecosystems and businesses against the current and evolving threats that arise from communicating over the internet and other networks. Clients will be able to draw on the combined hardware, software and security expertise of the two companies without having to invest in hiring, retaining and constantly training in-house security experts, which are often scarce and difficult to find.
They will also be offered the opportunity to integrate their applications with the Kudelski IoT security platform, which creates trust and control between IoT devices and applications, protecting identity, data, decisions, commands and actions. The platform takes an end-to-end approach to protecting the confidentiality and integrity of IoT data, from the device, over the connectivity network all the way through to the application server.
With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, U-Blox has offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.
The Kudelski Group specialises in digital security and provides services and applications requiring access control and rights management to secure the revenue in digital television, internet, mobile and interactive applications. The group also offers cyber security services focused on helping companies assess risks and vulnerabilities and protect their data and systems. It is headquartered in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix, USA.