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u-blox launches scalable digital certificate management system for IoT devices

By Eric Van Rees - 2nd February 2022 - 06:23

u-blox, a global provider of positioning and wireless communication technologies and services, has announced the IoT certificate manager, a new security service that continuously renews device credentials in a fully automated mode.

Together with u-blox’s existing zero touch provisioning service, it provides out-of-the-box on-boarding to IoT cloud platforms with total control of the device certificate lifecycle.

Certificate lifecycle control targets IoT devices that integrate with leading IoT cloud platforms including the AWS IoT Core, Azure IoT Hub, and DPS services. While these take charge of device management and data aggregation, the u-blox service provides an effortless, secure, and cost-effective way to manage the X.509 certificates required for device authentication.

X.509 certificates have become a cornerstone of IoT security. Secure provisioning requires extensive experience, complex software development, and robust production line tools and processes.

Certificate management efforts grow exponentially with increasing fleet size. While in the past issued certificates remained valid throughout a device’s lifecycle, increases in infrastructure complexity and risks have forced regulatory authorities to demand more frequent – yearly or monthly – renewals. Failure to meet renewal deadlines can expose devices to cyberthreats, disrupt service availability, and undermine business.

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