Thales joins Industrial Internet Consortium; to contribute cryptographic expertise to IIoT security activities

Thales announced Tuesday that its e-Security business has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the world’s leading organization, transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). As a member of the IIC, Thales will collaborate with industry leaders on global initiatives for IIoT security, particularly in the realm of data protection and device security.

Thales e-Security is the leader in advanced data security solutions and services that deliver trust wherever information is created, shared or stored. We ensure that the data belonging to companies and government entities is both secure and trusted in any environment – on-premise, in the cloud, in data centers or big data environments – without sacrificing business agility. Security doesn’t just reduce risk, it’s an enabler of the digital initiatives that now permeate daily lives – digital money, e-identities, healthcare, connected cars and, with the internet of things (IoT), even household devices.

Thales provides everything an organization needs to protect and manage its data, identities and intellectual property, and meet regulatory compliance – through encryption, advanced key management, tokenization, privileged-user control and high-assurance solutions. Security professionals around the globe rely on Thales to accelerate their organization’s digital transformation. Thales e-Security is part of Thales Group.

The IIC facilitates the continued development of an IIoT environment. The organization’s commitment seamlessly aligns with Thales’s overall mission of providing companies with security and trust in their data, in any environment, while maintaining business agility. In the IoT space, solutions such as Thales’s digital birth certificate, code signing and transparent encryption solutions empower organizations to manage device security and protect data efficiently. Thales’s cryptographic expertise is well-established and respected, especially in relation to delivering security at the point of manufacture; enterprises including Samsung, Polycom and Microsemi currently 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 manage their security configuration on an ongoing basis. Thales’s code signing solution, built on its nShield HSM, helps ensure authenticity and integrity of firmware updates, providing important protection against the introduction of malware into IoT devices.

The Vormetric Data Security Platform’s Transparent Encryption offering further strengthens Thales’s IoT solution set by seamlessly protecting data-at-rest across a range of platforms and environments in the IoT.
“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,” said John Grimm, Senior Director of Security Strategy, Thales e-Security. “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 of our technology. Manufacturers continue to choose Thales as a cornerstone of their device security and data protection strategies.”
“As device security and data protection are top of mind for many companies, we are thrilled to have Thales as a member of the IIC, working alongside our members to develop secure, interoperable IIoT solutions across a wide number of industries,” said Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium.

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