Kyrio partners with Microchip to create embedded IoT device security

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Aiming to drive scale in the IoT device security market, Kyrio will become the first certificate authority in the Microchip Security Design Partner program. (Getty/gintas77)

CableLabs’ for-profit unit Kyrio has announced a partnership with Microchip Technology to develop embedded security for internet of things devices. 

“There needs to be some control put on the wild, wild west of IoT,’ said Ron Ih, director of business development at Kyrio, summing up a recent Kyrio blog post in an interview with FierceCable. 

“The mission of this partnership is to embed IoT devices with digital certificates in secure hardware in a way that integrates well with hardware manufacturing process flows,” Ih also explained on the blog. “This strategy will make it easy for IoT device manufacturers to enable enterprise-grade security without needing to be security experts.”

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Aiming to drive scale in the IoT device security market, Kyrio will become the first certificate authority in the Microchip Security Design Partner program. Microchip makes crytoauthentication chips that go into IoT devices—everything from light switches to garage door openers. 

“IoT devices—from lightbulbs to cars—need security at the core, not as an afterthought,” Ih wrote. “By providing a strong managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) that fits within the existing design flow and supply chain familiar to device manufacturers, we are moving closer to the standardization the IoT industry requires to grow securely."