Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA), a large commercial Certificate Authority (CA) and a provider of purpose-built and automated PKI management solutions, has announced a secured edge computing technology pact with NetObjex, an Intelligent Automation Platform for tracking, tracing, and monitoring digital assets using AI, Blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT).
NetObjex is an Intelligent Automation Platform provider for managing digital assets with applications in Transportation, Manufacturing/Industry 4.0, Supply Chain and Logistics, Media, Healthcare and Education ecosystems. The collaboration would provide enterprises and manufacturers with a “secured, trusted” computing infrastructure that extends from IoT edge devices to the cloud and blockchain.
“By collaborating with Sectigo, we can extend our comprehensive platform and offer enhanced security to our enterprise customers,” said Raghu Bala, CEO of NetObjex. “The growth of edge devices has increased the risk of devastating data breaches. Offering Sectigo’s embedded device hardening technologies and purpose-built third-party certificate issuance and management allows enterprises to protect their important data.”
With the proliferation of more edge devices that not only collect and disseminate data, but also now perform highly complex tasks like AI at the outer reaches of the network, the risk of a data breach only multiplies for enterprises. Last year, there were 1,244 data breaches, exposing 446.5 million records. Not only does this lead to significant obstacles, but breaches would also come at a high price. Ponemon Institute estimates the average cost of a data breach to exceed $3.5 million.
The addition of elements like trucks, containers, kiosks, warehouses, and more creates an ecosystem of IoT edge devices. This broader array of environments, coupled with the prevalence of data breaches, would make it critical for enterprises to secure their computing infrastructure. The Sectigo and NetObjex partnership brings to market products and solutions that comprehensively address this problem. This would help reduce the risk of security compromises to data and firmware logic.
“With the growth of IoT and the rising cost of data breaches, enterprises need a secure computing infrastructure more than ever,” said Damon Kachur, Vice President, IoT solutions, Sectigo. “This partnership combines the strengths of Sectigo and NetObjex to deliver a truly robust security infrastructure that addresses an acute need for enterprises.”
Through collaboration, both companies will be able to deliver enhanced security in all products and solutions. The combined solution includes the following security features:
- “Enterprise-grade” PKI solution for strong authentication
- Secured boot for NetObjex’s edge devices
- Secured firmware updates utilizing signing firmware
- Secured communication using mutual authentication
“By teaming with NetObjex, Sectigo is securing devices’ firmware, data and communication, protecting against a variety of botnet attacks like Silex and Mirai, and ensuring the secure bi-directional transmission of data,” added Mr. Kachur. “We are protecting against data loss and device takeover attacks, enabling OEMs to achieve compliance with regulatory frameworks, including NIST IoT Cybersecurity requirements, GDPR, IEC 62443, and the FDA Cybersecurity guidance for medical devices.”