In a move targeted at securing the Internet of Things (IoT), security vendor Symantec is partnering with encryption vendor Cryptosoft to protect the transfer of data between devices and cloud and web servers.

Through the arrangement, Symantec’s Managed PKI Device Authentication technology will be combined with Cryptosoft's technology to provide device manufacturers with authentication, encryption and digital signing applications.

“Cryptosoft will be embedding Symantec’s roots of trust for the IoT in its cryptographic libraries. This means that any developer of IoT products, which is built with Cryptosoft’s libraries, can easily encrypt data as it is being sent from the IoT device to a web server or cloud, and that the code can be tested for being signed,"Geoffrey Noakes, senior director of business development at Symantec, told CMSWire.

Founded in the UK in 2003, Cryptosoft is the developer of a plug and play platform that eliminates the need for complex customized code to provision security to IoT applications and connected devices.

The Sensor Challenge

In addition to protecting data, enterprises connected to the IoT must also protecting devices, especially as the number of connected networks grows and the number of applications connecting to each other grows with these networks.

But billions sensors and billions of multi-sensor devices will be increasingly difficult to protect. And yet, unless they are protected, the IoT will be weakened by countless vulnerabilities. 

Learning Opportunities

“Symantec has already embedded security in over one billion devices, and worked with hundreds of partners to define a vendor neutral IoT security reference architecture, in addition to offering the industry's broadest suite of IoT security products,” Brian Witten, senior director of IoT Security at Symantec, explained.

Authentication is becoming an increasingly important security consideration.

Over the course of the past week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, chipmaker Intel partnered with the UK-based digital identity and credentials expert Intercede. This partnership will see Intercede authentication software deployed alongside Intel’s latest hardware-based identity protection technology.

Today, WISeKey, a Swiss cyber security company, and bright box, which specializes in developing connectivity solutions for the auto industry, announced an alliance. The aim is to better protect remote control vehicle functions.