Device Authority, a leader in Identity and Access Management (IAM) for the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, has partnered with nCipher Security , to provide security solutions for medical IoT. Device Authority’s KeyScaler platform integrates with nCipher’s nShield hardware security modules (HSMs) to provide high-assurance device authentication, managed end-to-end encryption, and certificate provisioning for IoT devices, ideal for medical, industrial, and other smart connected products. KeyScaler delivers a scalable, device-based authentication and authorization to establish a strong root of trust and identity assurance for medical IoT devices.

“Every day we are seeing how technology in healthcare is helping improve the care that patients receive,” says Cindy Provin, chief executive officer of nCipher. “However, we have also seen that the healthcare industry is regularly under threat from cybercriminals. Our partnership with Device Authority has enabled us to solve device authentication and data security challenges that are hindering IoT deployments. By creating a hardened system for issuing and managing device credentials and the keys that are essential to creating a root of trust, we enhance patient safety and allow organizations to confidently deploy business critical IoT projects. This has led to our first joint customer win with a large medical device manufacturer securing surgical robot systems,” she says.

In one case, the two companies provided a platform for a medical device manufacturer that produces high-quality surgical robot systems that perform a variety of treatments and procedures on patients in hospitals. This advanced new technology benefits patients by making surgery less invasive and reducing the risk of infection. Connecting to the Internet, however, creates security risks and challenges for the devices and the applications they interact with as well as the data.

According to the partnering companies, the customer sought a solution that would both protect the transfer and receipt of critical data and surgical instructions, as well as provide strong authentication and guarantee the integrity of the medical device itself. Working closely with the customer’s project team, nCipher and Device Authority developed a solution to meet integration and security needs, as well provide enhanced features to support both online and offline processing.

“Patient safety, data confidentiality, risk control, and adhering to compliance requirements such as HIPAA are all important when deploying connected medical devices,” says Darron Antill, chief executive officer of Device Authority. “KeyScaler is a leading software platform that can solve all these challenges with its device-bound data security, which is relevant for many Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) use cases. We are excited to secure this long-term contract alongside our strategic partner nCipher and look forward to many more,” he says.