London: Tata Communications has teamed up with digital security firm Thales to develop a secure global Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solution.
The solution aims to safeguard critical data in sectors such as automotive, both at the device and network level, and give businesses and manufacturers peace of mind that their critical IoT data is protected against cyber attacks, Tata Communications said in a statement on Friday.
"IoT could transform how businesses operate and how people engage with one another and with every 'thing.' Protecting data against cyber-attacks both at the device and network level is crucial to accelerate IoT adoption worldwide," said Anthony Bartolo, Chief Product Officer, Tata Communications.
"Tata Communications MOVE together with Thales's T-Sure solution aims to help businesses adopt IoT with confidence. It takes us closer to fulfilling our vision for a world where anything can be born connected - and born secure," Bartolo added.
Thales will provide its T-sure warranted digital identity solution to Tata Communications MOVE SIM cards, based on technologies from Gemalto, a Thales company.
While Tata Communications MOVE encrypts the data in motion (in current use), T-Sure protects the information at rest (archived) on the SIM, therefore safeguarding data both on the network and at the device level.
The two companies look to undertake a series of proof-of-concepts with customers to test this solution in action.
"The only thing that will allow IoT to fulfil its potential and bring about innovations like autonomous vehicles is totally trusted and secure data connectivity," said Gareth Williams, Vice President, Secure Communications and Information Systems, Thales.
"The marriage of Tata Communications' expertise in the connected automotive sector with Thales's leadership position in IoT and data security, reinforced by the integration of Gemalto, is driving an offering that will give end users complete trust in the integrity of their data whilst opening up new business opportunities for manufacturers," Williams added.