Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Wind River collaborates with ReFirm Labs on IoT security

Steve Rogerson
July 17, 2019
 
Californian software company Wind River is working with ReFirm Labs on IoT security by combining the VxWorks real-time operating systems with ReFirm’s Centrifuge platform.
 
Maryland-based ReFirm Labs provides proactive IoT and firmware security. The collaboration with former Intel subsidiary Wind River aims to accelerate the development and integration of the Centrifuge platform with Wind River's VxWorks, said to be the most widely-deployed real-time operating system used in commercial aircraft, space exploration and military operations.
 
"For nearly 40 years, Wind River has helped the most recognisable brands in the aerospace and defence industries power generation after generation of embedded devices," said Peter Eacmen, chief technology officer at ReFirm Labs. "Our new technology collaboration allows us to provide analysis and insight about firmware security for products built on top of the Wind River VxWorks platform for critical infrastructure applications."
 
The Centrifuge platform lets companies quickly analyse their firmware for hidden dangers and respond immediately to potential weak spots. Highly scalable, automated and cloud-based, Centrifuge can identify and report abnormalities and vulnerabilities in firmware in less than 30 minutes. The platform also monitors security across an entire system of deployed IoT devices without the need for agents or access to the network itself.
 
"Wind River's collaboration with ReFirm Labs enables our customers to realise the full benefits offered by ReFirm Lab's Centrifuge platform," said Ray Petty, vice president of aerospace and defence markets at Wind River. "By teaming with an emerging leader in the IoT security space like ReFirm Labs, we're bringing together decades of experience securing devices, and we're excited to offer that kind of world-class expertise to our customers."
 
Centrifuge detects and reports potential zero-day exploits, hidden crypto keys, backdoor passwords and known vulnerabilities in IoT devices without needing access to source code.
 
More than 14 billion IoT devices are projected to be in use in homes and businesses by 2020, and industrial applications in manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and utilities are projected to account for half of IoT spending by 2020. The combined IoT markets are expected to grow to about $520bn in 2021, more than double the $235bn spent in 2017.