Telstra, Thales Partner on IoT Device Security
Monday, March 16, 2020 | Comments

Thales and Australian commercial carrier Telstra are working with Microsoft and Arduino to pave the way for scalable security for connected internet of things (IoT) devices by implementing a solution that enables trusted and secure end-to-end communications between devices and the cloud.

The solution enables instant and standardized mutual authentication between a device and a cloud platform via cellular networks, while fully complying with GSMA IoT SAFE security specifications.

Within the IoT ecosystem, billions of devices collect, process and send data to the cloud, where a range of different IoT services are executed. To enable security, the IoT cloud service must have absolute trust in data received from connected devices. Equally, devices need to trust the cloud. This is only possible if the device and server are mutually authenticated. However, the IoT devices market is fragmented with a patchwork of different operating systems and chips being used that security services scalability and duplication are limited.

The solution addresses the challenge of securely and efficiently connecting IoT devices to clouds in the most simplified way and through cellular networks. The level of trust required is enabled by a ‘security-by-design’ approach for any IoT devices based on field-proven and standardized subscriber identity module (SIM) or eSIM technology.

As a result, as soon as an IoT device is switched on, any SIM or eSIM featuring Thales’s IoT SAFE application is automatically and securely provisioned. Once the IoT device gets a proper Digital Certificate created and stored in the SIM/eSIM, a trusted communication between the device and the server is permitted, in full respect of data integrity and confidentiality.

“The key role of GSMA IoT Safe specifications is to deliver scalable and future-proof IoT security for cellular networks,” said Gerhard Loots, Global IoT Solutions Executive at Telstra. “Being able to in future offer standardized easy to implement IoT security to our customers as part of our existing IoT connectivity service, is a huge leap forward in terms of IoT security for all use cases, including smart energy, automotive, health and home solutions. We look forward to trialing this reference design with our IoT solutions.”

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