IoT security vendor ZingBox has announced a tie-up with VMware to bolster enterprise IoT security.
Executives at start-up Zingbox have pointed to figures from Gartner that forecast that by 2020, over 25 percent of identified attacks in enterprises will involve IoT. They described the Mirai attack last year as a “wake-up call”, that demonstrated the real-world impact of attacks targeting IoT devices.
ZingBox will work with virtualization specialist VMware to add security at every level of the architecture: software, hardware, network and user. The company sees itself as being in the business of driving “the Internet of Trusted Things.”
The two companies will work together to strengthen IoT security by integrating ZingBox’s IoT personality-based approach with VMware Pulse IoT Center, an IoT infrastructure management product. ZingBox will help to introduce trust between IoT devices and a vendor-neutral open source SDK [software development kit] by discerning each device’s unique personality and enforcing acceptable behaviour based on rules created within VMware Pulse IoT Center.
Machine learning security
ZingBox products use machine learning to discover and assess risk, baseline normal behaviour, detect anomalous activities and provide real-time remediation across an organisation’s IoT footprint.
“Our collaboration will enable IT and OT leaders to increase overall vendor/solution credibility, particularly in manufacturing, retail and healthcare,” said Xu Zou, co-founder and CEO of ZingBox.
At VMware, Mimi Spier, vice president of IoT, said that the process of provisioning, managing and securing IoT devices remains a significant challenge for many organisations. “We are excited to team up with ZingBox to greatly simplify the security and management of IoT infrastructure,” she added.
May Wang, co-founder and CTO of ZingBox, said that part of her company’s mission is to educate the healthcare industry about the need for IoT operational analytics and its benefits. “This partnership focuses on the benefits of our pre-integrated and pre-validated solution and how it reduces time to value for the end customer,” she said.
Earlier this month, the company announced that it had raised $22 million in a Series B funding round led by Dell Technologies Capital and Triventures. And in July, at the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas, the company’s principal security researcher Daniel Regalado demonstrated how easily IV infusion pumps used in healthcare could be hacked.
Six weeks to go: On 11 & 12 October 2017, Internet of Business will be holding its IoT Build USA event in San Francisco, California. This event will focus on the technologies that end-user companies are deploying to build out their IoT ecosystems.