Softbank Technology announces strategic IoT security partnership with Rambus

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017.

Softbank Technology, along with two of its subsidiaries, Cybertrust Japan and Miracle Linux Corporation, have announced a strategic partnership with Rambus. The partnership will see the three companies collaborate to bolster IoT security and device management using Rambus’ versatile CryptoManager platform.

“We are excited to partner with Softbank Technology Group and its subsidiaries, Cybertrust Japan and Miracle Linux Corporation, and leverage our CryptoManager platform to deliver industry-leading, secure connected device management,” said Rambus CEO Dr. Ron Black.

“Our combined expertise brings an innovative, secure solution that provides highly secure, in-field device updates, safeguarding sensitive information and mitigating cyber-attacks.”

Currently, most IoT devices are vulnerable and easily compromised, as many lack even the most basic of security functionalities. This is problematic, because an unsecured IoT ecosystem introduces real-world risks that include malicious actors manipulating the flow of information to and from network connected devices or tampering with devices themselves.

This is precisely why Softbank subsidiaries Cybertrust and Miracle Linux Corporation are leveraging Rambus’ CryptoManager platform to securely manage all stages of the IoT device lifecycle. Specifically, CryptoManager will allow OEMs to secure IoT devices by:

  • Facilitating secure mutual authentication between an IoT device and the cloud with an embedded security core.
  • Allowing only legitimate, verified cloud services to communicate with each other by detecting and thwarting unauthorized communication attempts.
  • Verifying secure over-the-air (OTA) updates.

As we’ve previously discussed on Rambus Press, Rambus’ CryptoManager Infrastructure provides secure key provisioning and key management services for device lifecycle management. CryptoManager also offers lifecycle cryptographic security management necessary to secure connected devices over public networks. Key services include:

  • Provisioning of keys during semiconductor and device manufacturing
  • Controlling critical test and debug traces
  • Enabling feature and device settings
  • Securing in-field key provisioning
  • Facilitating over-the air-updates of device software and firmware

Interested in learning more about CryptoManager and IoT security? You can check out our CryptoManager product page here and our article archive on IoT security here.