Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Verizon platform provides security certificate for IoT deployments

Steve Rogerson
February 4, 2015
An enterprise portal for Verizon’s Managed Certificate Services (MCS) platform provides digital certificate creation and management capabilities for large-scale IoT deployments in the tens of millions.
"With the massive growth of the internet of things and the use of connectivity to make devices smarter, businesses require a simple, scalable and effective way to manage identity and data integrity," said Mike Denning, vice president of global security for New Jersey-based Verizon Enterprise.
Providing a first line of defence, the MCS platform can authenticate objects and machines, much like two-factor authentication of people and machines. It can verify object and machine identities for the trusted exchange of information, and secure data transmitted between these connections.
The bulk certificate portal increases ease of commerce without large capital investment for enterprises, such as manufacturers and media companies with large IoT or traditional M2M implementations. Featuring usage-based pricing, the portal is aimed at helping organisations control management costs for securing the IoT.
"Building on our digital certificate technology and managed security services expertise, Verizon's MCS provides the foundation for helping to protect the internet of things from cyber threats," said Denning.
The portal is available immediately in the USA, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
“Verizon is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive security for the internet of things with its newly enhanced MCS platform alongside a broad range of other managed and professional IT security solutions,” said industry analyst Kathryn Weldon from Current Analysis. “The new capabilities will provide security for IoT deployments to scale to the billions of devices expected over the next several years, and help protect them from cyber attacks.”
The MCS portfolio is applicable for: authentication and verification applications; services and enterprise and critical infrastructure, such as online shopping applications and smart grid deployments; e-government service delivery requiring sophisticated identity-proofing capabilities such as licence plate renewals and passport services; and medical devices, consumer electronics and supply chain tracking.
For example, certificates can be deployed during production or client-site installation for smart meters. This way, devices can be authenticated when talking to each other while also maintaining a secure connection for the traffic to traverse. Devices not configured with a certificate would not be able to penetrate or attach to the network, helping to protect the energy grid.
The platform also can help enterprises address regulatory guidelines aimed at protecting device-to-machine and machine-to-machine connections now found in automobiles, smart meters and home-monitoring systems.
“We are at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the growth of the internet of things,” Denning said. “A lot of enterprises are asking about the best way to secure connected objects. Like any other device connected to the network, we are helping clients to develop the best safeguards depending on their specific implementation as well as their business and regulatory requirements.”