Brocade Unveils Version 5.1 of its Ruckus Cloudpath ES Security and Policy Management Software to Secure Connected IoT Devices

Ruckus Wireless, part of Brocade, has announced version 5.1 of its Ruckus Cloudpath ES security and policy management software. The latest software release would enable organizations to automatically and securely connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices using certificates – allowing IT to establish policies governing the behavior of those devices.

brocade routersCloudpath ES 5.1 software introduces device fingerprinting, a technique that allows IT to automatically identify IoT device types by comparing the device profile to a device fingerprint database. Together with other Cloudpath software features, the new release would deliver the following benefits:

  • IT can automatically secure – using certificates, fingerprint-identified IoT devices. If the device is unable to use a certificate, a Ruckus Dynamic Pre-Shared Key™ can be used to secure it. Both approaches enable IT to establish IoT device-specific policies. For example, IoT devices may be authorized to connect only to the cloud service with which they’re associated.
  • IT can continue to use existing RADIUS and CAs – to secure non-IoT devices. By using Cloudpath software and its dedicated CA to secure IoT devices, organizations would avoid reconfiguring their current AAA and CA security implementation or, worse, creating custom middleware to secure devices using an existing CA.
  • Manufacturers would be enabled to improve the security readiness of their IoT devices – They can leverage standards-based certificate retrieval protocols such as SCEP and EST, which are native to the Cloudpath CA.
  • Managed service providers (MSPs) -can add new tenants at will – MSPs can utilize the multitenant capabilities in the Cloudpath virtual deployment implementation, “thereby reducing deployment costs and management overhead compared to deploying a separate instance of security and policy management software for each end customer.”

“The use of IoT-connected devices is now poised to grow exponentially, with IoT technology investments expected to reach $1.29 trillion by the year 2020 across multiple vertical segments and industries,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, network infrastructure, IDC. “As with other aspects of IT infrastructure and applications, security risks and vulnerabilities associated with IoT are now a key area of focus for enterprise IT and LoB managers on an ongoing basis. These enterprises, along with their technology solution providers, need to find reliable, cost-effective ways to better secure their connected IoT applications and infrastructure, a challenge that Ruckus seeks to address with these new capabilities.”

The latest release of Cloudpath ES software will be generally available in the second quarter of 2017.

“Traditionally, configuring IoT devices has been a huge headache for IT. These devices not only expose organizations to new security threats, but often require manual onboarding, assuming they can be on-boarded at all,” said Kevin Koster, chief Cloudpath architect, Ruckus Wireless Business Unit, Brocade. “Cloudpath helps IT departments ensure their IoT devices don’t put their network and their users at risk, while enabling IoT device manufacturers to meet their own customers’ need for IoT device security.”