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April 22, 2015

BlackBerry to secure IoT hardware and services

Manufacturers and service providers targeted with PKI security service.

By CBR Staff Writer

BlackBerry’s subsidiary Certicom has launched a new managed public key infrastructure (PKI) certificate service to secure sensor networks of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The company said the service will help device manufacturers and service providers secure their IoT networks and ecosystems.

Certicom has issued certificates for more than 104 million smart metres and home energy management devices in the UK, under the smart metre initiative.

The new managed PKI certificate service expands teh service to several smart connected devices.

Available to device manufacturers and service providers on the BlackBerry IoT Platform or as part of another connected device ecosystem and private network, the service includes options for Elliptic Curve, hybrid, or legacy RSA-based device certificates.

Certicom vice-president of BlackBerry technology solutions Jim Alfred said: "Strong cryptography and entity authentication are the foundation of IoT security.

"When you manage remote devices, you need to know that you can trust the devices and that your communications network is secured. Certicom device certificates can provide that assurance."

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Meanwhile, BlackBerry has unveiled a plan to expand its research and development efforts on innovation and improvement in computer security.

The initiative, BlackBerry Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence (CHACE), will extend the company’s competencies in vulnerability prevention and allow the application of high assurance security research to real-world products and services.

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