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Cybersecurity Partnership is a Game Changer for IoT Device Manufacturers

June 23, 2020
Integration enables certificate lifecycle automation and deployment for PrimeKey EJBCA.

Security providers Keyfactor and PrimeKey announced a partnership and integration to simplify and automate PKI for large-scale enterprise and internet of things (IoT) deployments.

Enterprises today – and a growing number of connected device manufacturers – rely on PKI to enable digital security. Enterprise security teams and IoT product developers issue trusted and unique identities necessary to protect sensitive data, ensure uptime and secure connections across cloud services and connected devices.

Ellen Boehm, senior director of IoT product management at Keyfactor tells IndustryWeek, "Scalable and robust PKIs are required to handle millions of IoT devices that are being manufactured and in turn are issued secure, unique and digital identities," she says. "Today's IoT device manufacturers need to be able to send secure FW updates, new certificate configurations, improved crypto or replaced credentials in case of an unexpected breach."

PrimeKey delivers a uniquely scalable and flexible alternative to existing certificate authority (CA) software, providing turnkey PKI solutions for governments, financial institutions and thousands of global enterprises. As a pioneer in open-source PKI, PrimeKey’s solutions address a range of digital identity use cases such as IoT, e-ID and e-Passports, as well as PKI migration and consolidation.

“Companies adopting complex multi-cloud infrastructure or managing high-volume IoT deployments are testing the limits of PKI,” said Kevin von Keyserling, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Keyfactor. “Keyfactor’s certificate lifecycle management solution combined with PrimeKey’s powerful PKI backend delivers a simplified toolset to deploy and manage certificates, even at massive scale.”

While many organizations use a mix of public and private CAs to support PKI, ever-increasing certificate volumes are a challenge to manage across multiple CA-provided tools. Using an API-based gateway, Keyfactor’s certificate management solution integrates with PrimeKey’s PKI, providing end-to-end visibility and automation to all private and publicly issued certificates within a single, purpose-built platform.

The integration between EJBCA Enterprise and Keyfactor’s end-to-end identity platform for connected devices makes it easy and affordable for IoT device manufacturers to embed trusted identity into their IoT products at design, and secure firmware and software updates through the device lifecycle.

“PrimeKey and Keyfactor share a mutual respect and mission to provide trust and security in zero-trust networks and manufacturing environments,” said Magnus Svenningson, chief executive officer at PrimeKey. “Scalable certificate management, turnkey PKI deployment and robust APIs are critical to solve today’s complex and evolving PKI and IoT use cases. This partnership is a great DNA match and value-add for our shared customer base.”

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Peter Fretty | Technology Editor

As a highly experienced journalist, Peter Fretty regularly covers advances in manufacturing, information technology, and software. He has written thousands of feature articles, cover stories, and white papers for an assortment of trade journals, business publications, and consumer magazines.

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