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The IoT Challenge

The IoT scaling gap

The Internet of Things market isn't growing as strongly as predicted. Research firm IoT Analytics once stated by 2020 that there would be 50bn IoT devices, but now there'll only be 21bn by 2025. Meanwhile, Gartner claims that 80% of IoT projects fail before they're even launched.

 

This poor performance is down to a compromise between security and scalability. High quality security is often complex, costly and limits potential. Conversely, highly scalable solutions tend to lack sufficient protection against hacking and are limited in functional sophistication. 

 

It's critical that IoT solutions can bridge this scaling gap. A cost-effective solution that's accessible to all stakeholders across the IoT lifecycle is required.

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End-to-end security by design

Security must be a collective responsibility. The OEMs, manufacturers, systems integrators and designers who develop and implement IoT at different stages of the lifecycle often only focus on their own security requirements and don't recognise the full meaning of end-to-end. 

 

Sometimes networks enforce no security between device and communication gateway. Data protection often only applies between gateway and end-point, leaving other areas vulnerable to attack. 

 

Cybersecurity is only as strong as its weakest link. Embedding uncompromising security cost-effectively into the design of IoT hardware and software is critical to grow the potential of IoT.

Security challenges

There are three areas of concern for designing IoT systems for effective end-to-end security.

 

1. Hardware root of trust

This is the foundation for how a device authenticates itself as a trusted member of a network. Proving legitimate root of trust ownership enables safe data passage and functional IoT operation. 

 

Software can circumvent software. And current market hardware security mechanisms are vulnerable and costly to integrate. It's hardware and software combined – when our QDID and QuarkLink work together – that delivers totally impenetrable end-to-end security.  

 

2. Lifecycle and key management

From conception to decommissioning, device identity and its cryptographic keys need cost-effective management. An IoT device should always be able to authenticate itself whenever it has to connect. 

 

Control and visibility of end-to-end security is difficult to achieve. But a cryptographic architecture integrated with silicon hardware security makes ongoing management one less thing for developers and integrators to worry about.

3. Regulation

Cyber attacks are increasing exponentially every year. Forbes reported a 300% increase in compromise of billions of IoT security devices in 2019. Cyberattacks on UK businesses jumped up a fifth in 2020. Countries, economic blocs and scientific bodies are processing more stringent IoT security legislation and standards.

 

Europe leads in cybersecurity and data protection laws. The EU Network and Information Security Directive (NISD) imposes heavy fines for non-compliance. Singapore has its own Cybersecurity Act (CSA). The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) too sets out its own standards for safe, legal product innovation, which we abide by.

 

Every sector using IoT devices is urged to comply and upgrade their security approach. Only our breakthrough innovation can lead to scalable and secure growth.

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Building block breakthroughs

Q:Architecture marries unforgeable hardware and versatile software for the fastest, easiest path to scale IoT deployment safely. It combines cryptographic and quantum-based technologies to deliver total security for IoT from silicon to cloud.

  • QDID: Harnessing the effects of quantum tunnelling in silicon as the basis of security in hardware chip design. This makes unique device fingerprints that are unforgeable and futureproof. 

 

  • QuarkLink: Our universal IoT security platform uses advanced cryptography that enables secure provisioning, onboarding, and monitoring over key lifecycle management, delivering easy, fast, end-to-end security between any device and its network. QuarkLink works with hardware devices protected by alternate roots of trust, but connecting with QDID provides the safest, unbeatable end-to-end security.

Accelerating advantage

The world's first automated, futureproof building blocks for end-to-end IoT security means businesses can have both scale and security. Silicon ROI and easy-to-generate and authenticate chip design helps innovators and manufacturers cut costs, reduce security risks and launch solutions to market faster – all thanks to unforgeable, unbeatable built-in security from initial manufacture to end deployment.

 

Crypto Quantique and its Q:Architecture make uncompromising security accessible as IoT demand accelerates. Stakeholders responsible for their security systems risk vulnerability and even obsolescence if they don't seize the opportunity to close the IoT scaling gap.

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