IoT and cryptographic firms combine to deliver surgical robot security tool

Internet of Things security company Device Authority has gone into partnership with cryptographic solutions provider nCipher Security.

Device Authority’s KeyScaler platform integrates with nCipher’s nShield hardware security modules (HSMs) with the aim of providing high-assurance device authentication, managed end-to-end encryption, and certificate provisioning for IoT devices, ideal for medical, industrial, and other smart connected products.

Cindy Provin, chief executive officer, nCipher Security said: “Every day we are seeing how technology in healthcare is helping improve the care that patients receive. However, we have also seen that the healthcare industry is regularly under threat from cybercriminals. Our partnership with Device Authority has enabled us to solve device authentication and data security challenges that are hindering IoT deployments. By creating a hardened system for issuing and managing device credentials and the keys that are essential to creating a root of trust, we enhance patient safety and allow organisations to confidently deploy business critical IoT projects. This has led to our first joint customer win with a large medical device manufacturer securing surgical robot systems.”

The medical device manufacturer produces robot systems which perform a variety of treatments and procedures on patients in hospitals. This technology can benefit patients by making surgery less invasive and reducing the risk of infection. Connecting to the internet however can create security risks and challenges for the devices, the applications they interact with as well as the data.

Darron Antill, chief executive officer, Device Authority said: “Patient safety, data confidentiality, risk control and adhering to compliance requirements such as HIPAA are all important when deploying connected medical devices. KeyScaler is a leading software platform which can solve all these challenges with its device-bound data security which is relevant for many Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) use cases. We are excited to secure this long-term contract alongside our strategic partner nCipher and look forward to many more.”

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