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Thales joins IIC

The cybersecurity and data security product company Thales‘s e-Security business has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an industry body for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). As a member of the IIC Thales will collaborate on initiatives for IIoT security, particularly in data protection and device security.

The IIC seeks to aid the development of trustworthy IIoT. In the IoT space, says Thales, its digital birth certificate, code signing and transparent encryption solutions can help users to manage device security and protect data. Enterprises including Samsung, Polycom and Microsemi deploy IoT offerings from Thales.

Digital birth certificates – based on keys generated within the certified secure confines of Thales’s tamper-resistant nShield HSMs and implanted into devices at the point of manufacture – authenticate devices as well as help to manage their security configuration on an ongoing basis.

John Grimm, Senior Director of Security Strategy, Thales e-Security says: “Thales has been delivering secure, high assurance cryptography for device security and data protection for many years – well before the technology became part of the IoT security dialogue. We’re looking forward to participating in the IIC — to work with member companies to develop secure and interoperable ecosystems, and to help deliver robust technologies to fuel innovative digital transformation across a wide variety of industries. While the IoT is still fairly nascent, the same is not true about our technology. Manufacturers continue to choose Thales as a cornerstone of their device security and data protection strategies.”

And Dr Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium, says: “As device security and data protection are top of mind for many companies, we are thrilled to have Thales as a member if the IIC, working alongside our members to develop secure, interoperable IIoT solutions across a wide number of industries.”


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