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Thales joins Industrial Internet Consortium

Thales’s e-Security business to contribute well-established cryptographic expertise to IIoT security activities

Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces 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.

The IIC facilitates the continued development of a trustworthy 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 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 to 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 the wide range of platforms and environments in the IoT.

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.”

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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