Eurotech teams for IIoT security

April 06, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Eurotech teams for IIoT security
Eurotech agreement with GlobalSign extends IIoT security with ‘solid device attestation’ using Infineon’s Optiga technology

Italian embedded board and system developer Eurotech has signed a deal with GlobalSign in the US to embed strong verifiable device identities and proof of integrity at the earliest possible point in the industrial IoT (IIoT) supply chain.

Eurotech designs, develops, and deploys hardware and software solutions for the Edge and industrial IoT where security is essential. It plans to launch standard products based on the security technology in the next few months.

Device identity management throughout the lifecycle of a product is technically complex and challenging in its implementation for many organizations. It makes effective device identity management a substantial factor in the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of secure IIoT infrastructure.

The GlobalSign software uses the root-of-trust provided by Infineon’s Optiga Trusted Platform Module (TPM) installed in Eurotech’s IoT Edge Computing platforms, data loggers and IIoT gateways. As a device manufacturer, Eurotech adds an Initial Device Identifier (IDevID), a secure certificate-based identity to the device. This is a key first step in the supply chain and can be further extended to ensure the integrity of the manufactured Eurotech device, including the software stack it is delivered with.

“A strong and protected IoT device identity, is a foundation building block for secure IoT solutions,” said  Robert Andres, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of Eurotech. “In GlobalSign, we found a capable and competent security partner to develop technology and processes. This allows our customers and partners to effectively implement and leverage hardware-anchored digital device identities at scale.”

“Provisioning IoT device identities during manufacturing is the best possible example of security by design,” said Lancen LaChance, Vice President, IoT Solutions, GlobalSign. “A Eurotech device with an embedded GlobalSign identity protects the lifecycle of each device as well as the entire supply chain. It reduces common integration challenges and delivers secure authentication for low-touch cloud enrolment.”

Existing Eurotech customers and system integration partners can access the security technology on a project basis, with the first standard products planned to be offered in Q2 of this year.

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