Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Unisys PKI service manages IoT security

Steve Rogerson
March 14, 2019



Unisys has introduced a managed public key infrastructure (PKI) service to help organisations authenticate and secure endpoints, mobile devices, virtual services and the IoT.
 
The service should bolster zero-trust security by centrally managing authentication of devices across an organisation, continually updating security as requirements emerge.
 
As cyber risks multiply with the growth of cloud computing, mobile devices and the IoT, private and public sector organisations must ensure that everything on their networks – including servers, devices, domains, people, business apps and cloud services – is authenticated to communicate securely inside and outside the enterprise.
 
Powered by a platform from Utah-based PKI service provider Hydrant ID, the managed PKI service is an essential element of a zero-trust security model that allows organisations to outsource the complexity of running a best-in-class PKI while not relinquishing control of their trusted assets. The dedicated management process and security model ensures only authorised access to protected materials with no vendor lock-in.
 
Pennsylvania-based Unisys says it continually engages with clients to enhance and optimise their PKI deployments on an on-going basis as requirements emerge.
 
PKI is a set of policies and procedures to create, manage, distribute, use, store and revoke digital certificates that authenticate the identities of users and devices. Many organisations depend on PKI to secure activities such as financial transactions, ecommerce, internet banking and email.
 
Through this service, Unisys security consultants work with clients to conduct an initial PKI requirements assessment and workshop to understand their current and future PKI needs based on the client's specific security and technology use cases. The managed services team then provides turnkey services to achieve their PKI security objectives, including PKI hierarchy design, root key generation, on-going certificate authority and validation operations, certificate lifecycle automation, and key management services.
 
During operations, Unisys will continue to engage collaboratively with clients to discuss and enhance ways to optimise the PKI deployment as requirements evolve. This helps ensure PKI deployments continue to mature and align with the organisation's needs.
 
"Unisys is pleased to add managed PKI to our portfolio of services to help clients implement zero-trust security in their organisations," said Jonathan Goldberger, vice president of security products at Unisys. "Working with Hydrant ID gives us the performance and flexibility we need to address our clients' needs to help them maintain trust by continually ensuring that people and devices on their networks are authenticated, while monitoring the implementation to adapt to changing requirements."