Increasing Security Assurance for the Internet of Things
There’s a growing spectrum of benefits and concerns organizations and individuals face as the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves. On one hand, the increasing connectivity between previously independent or isolated people, work streams and systems offers convenience, reduces critical delays and opens up new models for business, learning and governing. Smart Cities, Smart Schools, Smart Healthcare are all driven by the underlying principle that digitization and erasing of time and space limitations offers the opportunity for a better socio-economic environment.
For all of these benefits to come to fruition, however, we cannot ignore the real and potential concerns surrounding IOT security. Perhaps chief among them is who is authorized to access what and how. We have seen instances when even previously “dumb” endpoints can be an entry point if someone wants in badly enough. The challenge is to stay one step ahead.
To this end in the U.S., the Federal government has instituted FIPS, or Federal Information Processing Standardization, which are encryption requirements for technology used by any non-military agencies or contractors. Another standard that is typically coupled with FIPS in the U.S. but is internationally recognized is Common Criteria, which provides assurance that the process of specification, implementation and evaluation of a computer security product has been conducted in a rigorous standard and repeatable manner1.
Avaya Partners with Mocana on IOT Security
As a global provider of communications to many of the world’s governments, Avaya builds security into our systems to meet these requirements. To do so, and to keep up with the continually growing and evolving IoT, we’ve signed a multi-year agreement with Mocana, a company that specializes in high-performance, ultra-optimized, OS-independent, high-assurance security solution for any device class. Mocana’s award-winning cryptographic solutions are used in the most stringently-constrained and life-critical systems by Fortune 500 companies, world-leading smart device manufacturers, and government agencies.
Integrating Mocana’s Security of Things Platform into our portfolio of unified communications, contact center and networking solutions helps us decrease product development time while adhering to globally recognized security requirements, including FIPS and Common Criteria. As specialists in the area of security, we collaborate with Mocana to help strengthen our security assurances as we make security a cornerstone of the value Avaya delivers to governments, businesses and organizations around the world.
The Internet of Things offers many defined and still unforeseen dimensions and benefits. Integrating security into unified communications, contact center and networking solutions will ensure further growth and opportunities for all.