Device Authority boosts IoT security platform KeyScaler for Microsoft Azure IoT; announces HSM Access Controller

Device Authority announced on Tuesday its latest KeyScaler software release with enhanced support for Microsoft Azure IoT, and a new solution for managing Hardware Security Modules (HSM).

Device Authority continues to innovate their KeyScaler platform for seamless integration with IoT and cloud platform providers. Most recently Microsoft Azure IoT has been in the spotlight with more customers and partners requiring an end-to-end service offering to enhance and manage their security operations which help them to accelerate and leverage their investments in IoT implementations. 

KeyScaler is a purpose-built device identity centric IAM platform for IoT and Blockchain. It allows customers to securely register, provision and connect devices to IoT platforms, applications and services. The platform simplifies the process of establishing a robust, end-to-end security architecture within the IoT and deliver efficiencies at scale through security automation, without human intervention.

With the enormous and dynamic scale of the IoT where new devices are continually being provisioned, this process rapidly becomes unmanageable without automation. The IoT demands an approach to identification that starts with individual devices – authenticated automatically and dynamically, with no manual intervention required.

The KeyScaler platform delivers secure device registration and provisioning; policy-driven credential delivery and management; and end-to-end device derived cryptography for data in transit and at rest across networks and cloud services.

Device Authority has developed a flexible device interface protocol that interoperates with KeyScaler for delivering automated PKI for IoT devices – providing two alternatives for device authentication.

KeyScaler reduces complexities and risk through automation for device registration, onboarding, provisioning and management of credentials for IoT devices that connect to Azure IoT Hub. These security enhancements prevent the cloning of devices connected to Azure, and also provides secure soft storage to protect keys.

Device Authority’s latest software release, KeyScaler 6.5, introduces a new solution called “HSM Access Controller”. This solution delivers granular authentication and authorization controls for IoT devices and enterprise services connecting to HSM platforms, extending KeyScaler APIs to include common HSM operations, such as key generation, data signing, data cryptography, and key storage. 

The development of the HSM Access Controller originated from a requirement by a medical device customer to prevent unauthorized access to critical HSM infrastructure. There is an opportunity for HSM vendors to monetize this solution by offering an HSM as a Service model and solving another enterprise IoT challenge that their customers are facing for IoT use cases.

“The Device Authority team continues to receive requirements from customers to provide seamless integrations between KeyScaler and Microsoft’s Azure services to manage their IoT security. With KeyScaler 6.5 we have further improved our Security Suite for Azure to enhance our synergies with Microsoft. The HSM Access Controller has great potential for our HSM partners and their customers,” said James Penney, CTO of Device Authority.

CEO Darron Antill further endorses the importance of the Microsoft Azure IoT services and the Device Authority Security Suite for Azure being tightly coupled to solve real enterprise IoT use cases and security challenges ‘end to end’ for its medical, automotive and industrial customers.

“We are very happy to develop our partnership further and the integrated value of our KeyScaler platform with Microsoft Azure IoT. Our customers are demanding it to solve real IoT application and device security problems,” he said.

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