Trustonic simplifies security for IoT developers
There’s a worry amongst consumers and businesses that IoT products and apps could pose a security risk. While this might be the case, it is possible to put the right security in place during development. Trustonic has come along to make this a much more simple process.
The Trustonic Hybrid Protection (THP) is an adaptable security solution bringing together the best of software and hardware secured solutions into one hybrid product. Trustonic combines its advanced hardware enabled security solutions found in over 500M devices, with software protection technologies licensed from whiteCryption. As a result, developers can easily apply this security to their services, bringing simpler, faster and richer user experiences for consumers.
“Trustonic has been a key driver in the evolution of security in the mobile market and more recently the emerging IoT space,” said Ben Cade, CEO, Trustonic. “Trustonic Hybrid Protection makes it simpler for app developers to improve app security whilst being able to scale across a wide range of mobile and IoT devices.”
The Trustonic Hybrid Protection uses Trustonic TEE Hardware Protection whenever the hardware is available, bringing the service provider the highest level of security the device can provide. This not only provides higher security functionality but also offers the best performance for the user experience. Such as strong and easy PIN entry or fingerprint matching for user authentication. When the Trustonic TEE is not available, THP will revert seamlessly to provide best-in-class software enabled security protection. No changes in the application are needed.
While hardware protection will always deliver superior protection, the reality is that not every device includes such capabilities. Trustonic selected software protection and cryptographic technology from whiteCryption based on their proven track record in delivering software security solutions to end markets including medical, automotive and mobile. THP unifies the best of all technologies under one API to simplify code development into a single source.
"WhiteCryption working with Trustonic brings improved security features to an even wider range of mobile devices while also enabling improved security for IoT products," said Thorsten Held, Managing Director from whiteCryption. "The combination of technologies accessible through one API simplifies the process for app developers to offer a range of security levels for their apps across a wide range of end devices."
Another key aspect of THP is the simplicity of deploying these “trust enhanced” apps. THP utilizes state of the art asymmetric-based cryptography combined with installation and authorisation protocols familiar to any mainstream app developer. As a result service providers have both control over where their services are deployed and visibility as to the security capabilities protecting those services across their install base.
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”