IoT design, security and PKI
In a 2015 blog post – Securing the Internet of Things – time for another look at PKI? – Quocirca outlined why Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is likely to see a new lease of life from the increasing deployment of applications that fit the general heading Internet of Things (IoT). As the first blog pointed out, IoT applications will only be a success if underlying security is ensured.
The assertion made in the first blog that the use of digital certificates and PKI to manage them are effective for securing the IoT is supported by a 2015 Quocirca research report (which will be was sponsored by Neustar). PKI achieves two objectives; the authentication of things and the security and integrity of the data they send and receive.
On the surface this use case for PKI may not appear that different from ones that have been around for years, for example, securing the communication of a user’s web browser (or smartphone app) with a banking service or confirming a software update is from a given supplier. The big difference with the IoT is that it involves relentless high volume machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, so PKI will only be effective if it is fast enough and cheap enough.
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