US operator Verizon has launched a new cloud-based platform aimed at providing security for a variety of M2M services.
According to Verizon (New York City, NY, USA), while the number of internet-connected cars, smart meters and home-monitoring systems has been growing at a dramatic pace, the cybersecurity services designed to safeguard these applications are proving to be inadequate.
Branded Managed Certificate Services, the operator’s “next-generation” platform is aimed at addressing what Verizon sees as an emerging technology risk.
The platform is designed to authenticate objects and machines by verifying their “identities” and then securing data transmitted between them.
Verizon claims that it eliminates the need for expensive hardware and complex implementations and is available on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, meaning organizations only pay for resources as and when they are needed.
The operator says Managed Certificate Services is available immediately in the US and Europe and will be introduced in the Asia-Pacific region in December.
“With the continued explosion of the Internet of Things and the expansion of connected objects and machines, businesses require a simple, scalable and effective way to manage identity and data integrity,” said Eddie Schwartz, vice president of global security solutions for Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
“Verizon’s Managed Certificate Services build upon our solid digital certificate technology and managed security services expertise with a cloud-based platform to deliver an ideal offering for the age of connected solutions,” added Schwartz.
According to Verizon, the solutions be easily integrated with existing client networks and applications through the use of flexible application programming interfaces.
The solutions also provide access to a web-based portal for administrators’ ease of use.
Verizon says the platform is suitable for a range of applications and can help enterprises address regulatory guidelines aimed at protecting M2M connections used in automobiles, smart meters and home-monitoring systems.