Powered by GlobalSign's IoT Identity Platform, G-Shield enhances the security of IoT devices by enabling certificates to be embedded directly into integrated circuits
BOSTON and TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan, May 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- GMO GlobalSign GlobalSign (www.globalsign.com), a global Certificate Authority (CA) and leading provider of identity and security solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced a successful technology partnership with Big Good Intelligent Systems, Inc. via the launch of Big Good's new product G-Shield. G-Shield is an integrated circuit (IC) chip programmer that enables manufacturers to directly and physically write digital certificates into semiconductor IC chips. G-Shield secures the identity of smart products from the very origin of their existence – at the component level – for use throughout the device's lifecycle. G-Shield uses GlobalSign's IoT Identity Platform for a secure, PKI-based framework and IoT Edge Enroll enrollment software to provision certificates individually or in batches.
GlobalSign's technology expertise and developer friendly API facilitated the integration, helping Big Good launch its G-Shield product faster than anticipated. Big Good uses G-Shield to provision digital certificates into IC chips, which the company refers to as 'crypto chips' for its own smart home products as well as makes the crypto chips available to smart product manufacturers looking for secure ICs to build into its smart products. The G-Shield chip programmer is also available to chip manufacturers interested in securing their own types of security chips, set by customized software.
"As smart IoT technologies advance, it is increasingly important that security be part of the design from the very beginning," said Roger Wu, Chief Executive Officer, Big Good Intelligent Systems. "Security should start at the component level (chips) and be supported by a strong, stable and secure PKI infrastructure at the device, gateway and cloud layers. GlobalSign's easy API, collaborative approach and secure IoT identity Platform enables us to be first-to-market in delivering our security solution from chip to cloud."
The first company planning to implement G-Shield is Realtek Semiconductor Corporation, a global provider of an integrated circuit for communications networks, computer peripherals, and multimedia applications. Realtek Semiconductor is working with GlobalSign and Big Good to research and embed G-Shield technology in its production process to improve the security of their high-performance connected devices and products.
GlobalSign's next-generation IoT Identity Platform delivers exceptional device identity security. The Platform is flexible and scalable enough to issue and manage billions of identities for IoT devices of all types and integrates simply with developer friendly, RESTful APIs. Using Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) as the core identity mechanism, the IoT Identify Platform can serve the varied security use-cases of the IoT across all verticals, including semiconductor, manufacturing, agriculture, smart grid, payments, IoT gateways, healthcare, other industrial ecosystems and more. The Platform supports the full device identity lifecycle, from initial certificate provisioning (both greenfield birth certificates during manufacturing and local, brownfield identity deployments) to certificate lifecycle management and final sunsetting, including decommissioning or transfer of ownership. Giving each device or endpoint a unique identity allows them to get authenticated when they come online and then throughout their lifetime, prove their integrity, and securely communicate with other devices, services, and users.
IoT Edge Enroll is a full-fledged enrollment client used to provision and manage PKI-based identities to IoT devices of all types. IoT Edge Enroll provides a flexible and scalable way to deploy these identities and maintain them throughout the full device lifecycle, with added features such as device Registration Authority (RA), certificate lifecycle management and expanded protocol support. GlobalSign can issue certificates at unprecedented speed and volume – more than 3,000 per second – the fastest in the CA industry.
"Working with Big Good and Realtek is an exciting venture. With our certificates embedded directly into chips this should be a leap forward for semiconductors and the OEMs that buy them," said Lancen LaChance, Vice President, IoT Solutions, GlobalSign. "The opportunity to work with semiconductor makers is another important stepping stone for GlobalSign, which underscores our value and leadership in the IoT device security marketplace."
About Big Good Intelligent Systems
Big Good constantly pursues encryption security solutions for smart homes and the Internet in the global market by partnering with the overseas business of Atte, a company established under O-film Group in Shenzhen, China, for the purpose of expanding the smart home business. Big Good provides ideal services to satisfy the needs of the customers by utilizing Big Data and the features of smart homes that realize safe and comfortable daily lives. To learn more visit www.biggoodiot.com
Realtek Semiconductor Corporation is a world-leading IC provider that designs and develops a wide range of IC products for communications network, computer peripheral, and multimedia applications. Products include 10/100/1000/2500M Ethernet Controllers/PHYs, 10/100/1000M, Ethernet Switch Controllers/Media Converter Controllers/Gateway Controllers, Wireless LAN Controllers & AP/Router SoCs, xDSL, VoIP Solutions, Bluetooth, xPON, IoT Solutions, Automotive Ethernet Solutions, High Fidelity Audio Solutions for Consumer and PC Applications, Card Reader Controllers, Web/IP Camera Controllers, LCD Monitor/ATV/DTV Controllers, and Digital Home Center Controllers. With advanced design expertise in RF, analog, and mixed-signal circuits, and with strong manufacturing and system knowledge, Realtek offers full-featured, high-performance, and competitive total solutions. More information on Realtek can be found on the website at www.realtek.com
About GMO GlobalSign
GlobalSign is the leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions enabling businesses, large enterprises, cloud-based service providers and IoT innovators around the world to conduct secure online communications, manage millions of verified digital identities and automate authentication and encryption. Its high-scale PKI and identity solutions support the billions of services, devices, people and things comprising the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit https://www.globalsign.com
About GMO Cloud KK
GMO Cloud K.K. (3788.T) is a full-service IT infrastructure provider focused on cloud solutions. Established as a hosting company in 1996, the company has managed servers for more than 130,000 businesses and now has 6,500 sales partners throughout Japan. In February of 2011, the company launched GMO Cloud to enhance its focus on cloud-based solutions. Since 2007, the company has also grown its GlobalSign SSL security brand through offices in Belgium, U.K., U.S., China and Singapore. For more information, visit http://ir.gmocloud.com/english/.
About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is an Internet service industry leader, developing and operating Japan's most widely used domain, hosting & cloud, ecommerce, security, and payment solutions. The Group also includes the world's largest online FX trading platform, as well as online advertising, Internet media, and cryptocurrency related services. GMO Internet, Inc. (9449.T) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit https://www.gmo.jp/en/.
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