GlobalSign enters into technology alliance with Xage Security to enable identity for distributed IoT security infrastructure

GMO GlobalSign, a global Certificate Authority (CA) and provider of identity and security solutions for Internet of Things (IoT), announced on Tuesday a technology partnership with Xage Security, an industrial internet-of-things (IoT) cybersecurity leader.

To secure the industrial IoT, Xage employs its unique blockchain- protected Xage Fabric to safeguard every device, application, and human connecting to industrial networks, from edge-to-edge and edge-to-core. With this partnership, Xage will be leveraging GlobalSign’s IoT Identity Platform for certificate enrollment, bringing additional enrollment capabilities to Xage’s distributed security fabric technology.

The strong and unique identities provided by GlobalSign’s Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)-based solutions support Xage’s device discovery process, as well as device authentication and authorization for the company’s zero-touch, in-field device-to-application enrollment.

The joint solution offers a converged and scalable method for  identity management consistent with multiple standards and protocol guidelines including 802.1AR, Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), and IEC 62443. Together, GlobalSign and Xage address the unique device authentication and encryption challenges on the edge layer of industrial operations and provide secure and scalable solutions that meet current and future IIoT security needs.

GlobalSign’s next-generation IoT Identity Platform is flexible and scalable enough to issue and manage billions of identities for IoT devices of all types. Using PKI as the core identity mechanism, the IoT Identify Platform can serve the varied security use-cases of the IoT across all verticals, including manufacturing, agriculture, smart grid, payments, IoT gateways, healthcare, other industrial ecosystems and more.

The platform supports the full device identity lifecycle, from initial certificate provisioning (both greenfield and brownfield deployments) to lifetime maintenance through to final sunsetting, decommissioning or transfer of ownership. Giving each device or endpoint a unique identity allows them to get authenticated when they come online and then throughout their lifetime, prove their integrity, and securely communicate with other devices, services and users.

“Automatic certificate-based enrollment and enforcement in the edge is a major enabler for the delivery of next-generation highly automated machine-to-machine industrial operations,” said Roman Arutyunov, Co-Founder and Vice President of Products, Xage Security. “With billions of devices being deployed, customers need this convenient, secure and multi-party way to deliver distributed management of identity and enrollment at scale.”

“Xage’s mission to secure industrial operations aligns with the GlobalSign IoT philosophy to protect systems and services that operate at the edge,” said Nisarg Desai, director of product management, IoT, GlobalSign. “Combining Xage’s in-field distributed security fabric with PKI-based certificate provisioning is a remarkable step forward and breaks new ground in IIoT security practices. Working closely with innovators in the space like Xage makes perfect sense.”

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