Thales, Telstra, Microsoft and Arduino Deliver Trust or IoT Applications

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Thales, Telstra, Microsoft and Arduino Deliver Trust or IoT Applications

Thales and the Australian telecommunications company Telstra are cooperating with Microsoft and Arduino to develop scalable security for connected IoT Applications devices. The companies plan to implement a solution that enables trusted and secure end-to-end communication between devices and the cloud. The solution shall enable instant and standardized mutual authentication between devices and the cloud platforms via cellular networks. It will comply fully with GSMA IoT SAFE security specifications.

The IoT ecosystem lets billions of devices collect, process and send data to the cloud, where many IoT services are executed. To do this securely, the cloud service must receive data that is absolutely trustworthy from connected devices. And the devices rely on the cloud. This is only possible if the device and server authenticate mutually. But as the IoT devices market is very fragmented – many different operating systems and chips are being utilized – security services scalability and duplication are limited.
For this reason the companies decided to team up to work on a solution that addresses the challenge of securely and efficiently connecting IoT devices to clouds in a simplified way through cellular networks. The required level of trust is enabled by a ‘security-by-design’ approach for all IoT devices based on field-proven and standardized SIM or eSIM technology.

With this system, as soon as an IoT device is switched on, any SIM or eSIM featuring Thales’s IoT SAFE applications is automatically and securely provisioned. Once the IoT device receives its proper Digital Certificate created and stored in the SIM/eSIM, a trusted communication between the device and the server is permitted, with data integrity and confidentiality.

The key role of GSMA IoT Safe specifications is to deliver scalable and future-proof IoT security for cellular networks. Being able to in future offer standardised easy to implement IoT security to our customers as part of our existing IoT connectivity service, is a huge leap forward in terms of IoT security for all use cases, including smart energy, automotive, health, and home solutions. We look forward to trialling this reference design with our IoT solutions,

said Gerhard Loots, Global IoT Solutions Executive at Telstra.

As an active contributor of the GSMA specifications, and world leader in over-the-air platform solutions for credential life-cycle management, Thales is a key partner to address the challenge of scalable IoT security. With this hassle-free approach we support a sustainable and scalable trusted ecosystem from which all key stakeholders such as mobile network operators, device manufacturers, and IoT industries can benefit,

said Emmanuel Unguran, SVP Mobile and Connectivity Solutions at Thales.

The collaborative effort between these international organizations demonstrates the importance of simplifying IoT security without compromise. By bringing together each IoT technology layer; device, software, network and cloud, we can deliver a more streamlined approach to IoT security. This allows customers and partners to focus on creating business value from their solutions while ensuring their IoT deployments remain secure,

said Tony Shakib, General Manager, Azure IoT Business Acceleration at Microsoft Corp.

We are very pleased to be part of the dream team composed by Thales, Telstra and Microsoft

said Fabio Violante, CEO of Arduino.

The development of this tool was a teamwork and a proof that Arduino is a great partner to create solid, reliable and easy to integrate hardware and software IoT solutions.

Author: Tim Cole
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