Press release, May 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM EET
INDUSTRIAL IOT INNOVATION RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
The cooperation of Danfoss and Nixu produces an innovative IoT security framework
The pioneering work of Danfoss has received international recognition at KuppingerCole’s recent European Identity & Cloud (EIC) Conference in Munich, Germany. Danfoss’ IoT security framework project was recognized with an esteemed European Identity & Cloud Award 2017 in the Best IoT Security Project category.
Duqu, Stuxnet, Mirai and similar malware was the start of a trend of attacking connected devices in industrial environments. With IoT just about to lift off, industries are witnessing increasingly connected devices being at risk of being breached or used as weapons to attack other environments, as in the first wave of connectivity enthusiasm, the unexpected appearance of malicious actors was typically overlooked by vendors during product design and development phases, leaving the device security ignored.
In close co-operation Danfoss and Nixu have jointly developed a clean slate security platform based on modern elliptic cryptography and manageable, streamlined and mostly automated PKI. As part of platform functionality, every device gets a strong cryptographic identity during the manufacturing stage, which is then used to secure all later transactions and communication in the open Internet. The ability to address, group and manage devices with the help of a virtually unforgeable device identity; also introduces new security and business critical capabilities in license management, remote monitoring and maintenance, software updates and other areas. Ensuring root-of-trust integrity by help of some innovative hardware mechanisms results in the devices being tamper-proof and resistant against even advanced physical attacks.
The new security platform enables Danfoss a highly secure way to perform preventive maintenance and new business models. As a result of the new security platform, Danfoss will also ensure even better product quality throughout the lifecycle in a cost-efficient way.
“It is remarkable to witness an industrial technology company like Danfoss leveraging security as a true enabler for new, innovative business models. We are privileged to be part of and support Danfoss in its digitalization journey”, says Aleksandr Vara, Head of Industrial Internet Security at Nixu Corporation.
“Danfoss appreciates the new opportunities presented by the digital world. With more software built into our products, we can offer our customers appropriate control systems, intelligent data and functionalities – thereby improving user-friendliness, performance, and quality. It is imperative that we have the best possible data protection in place to do so. Nixu’s expertise has elevated us to the forefront of security in the industrial automation space “, says Theis Solberg Hjorth, Senior Security Architect, Global Research & Development at Danfoss Drives.
Aleksandr Vara, Head of Industrial Internet Security, Nixu Corporation
Telephone: +358 50 517 7326, email: Aleksandr.Vara@nixu.com
Nixu in brief:
Nixu Corporation is a cybersecurity company. We work to improve our clients’ cybersecurity in solution areas of Corporate IT, Digital Business and Industrial Internet. Our clients trust Nixu in projects where developing, implementing or assessing of information security is a must. We ensure the confidentiality of our clients' data, business continuity and ease-of-access to digital services through planning and mitigation of cybersecurity risks.
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Danfoss in brief:
Danfoss engineers technologies that enable the world of tomorrow to do more with less. We meet the growing need for infrastructure, food supply, energy efficiency and climate-friendly solutions. Our products and services are used in areas such as refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control and mobile machinery. We are also active in the field of renewable energy as well as district heating infrastructure for cities and urban communities. Our innovative engineering dates back to 1933 and today Danfoss is a world-leader, employing more than 25,000 employees and serving customers in more than 100 countries. We are privately held by the founding family. Read more about us at www.danfoss.com.