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Pacific Controls selects DigiCert to secure connected devices

DUBAI, November 7, 2017

Pacific Controls, a Dubai-based technology company, has selected DigiCert to help secure nearly 100,000 connected devices being installed in commercial, government and residential buildings in Dubai, as part of the Smart Dubai initiative.

US-based DigiCert is the go-to provider of identity, authentication, and encryption solutions for the web and IoT devices.

In choosing DigiCert for the first phase of a project expected to grow, Pacific Controls is gaining efficiencies through DigiCert’s high-volume digital certificate infrastructure and automation to efficiently provision credentials on devices, said a statement from the company.

Ajay Kumar Rai, general manager cloud services and security and chief information security officer, Pacific Controls, said: “As we continue forward helping fulfill the goals set by the Smart Dubai initiative we are confident that DigiCert will be able to handle the scale of this project and increase our efficiency in these device security deployments.”

“The automation and expertise that DigiCert offers will play a significant role in supporting our company,” he said.

Gartner estimates 2.3 billion connected things will be used in smart cities this year, representing a 42 per cent increase in the number of connected devices since 2016.

With the rapidly increasing use of connected devices comes the heightened need for scalable security solutions that enable strong identity, authentication and encryption.

DigiCert and Pacific Controls collective efforts helps secure these devices for smart city innovators as well as the world’s leading manufacturers of connected devices for emergency services, medical, automotive, industrial and other industries via its high-volume digital certificate issuance and management that scales to a variety of use cases, said a statement.

DigiCert provides connected device security solutions that include automated certificate provisioning, data encryption, secure boot, secure patch management, machine-to-machine mutual authentication, user authentication, and data integrity to help prevent unauthorised intrusions and data manipulation.

Scalable security solutions are needed to help protect smart city deployments from rising attacks.

Earlier this year hackers set off 156 emergency sirens in Dallas, Texas, US, that disrupted residents and overwhelmed 911 operators throughout the day. Also, ransomware in the UK limited access for medical patients needing care at hospitals. In 2015, a cyber-attack left hundreds of thousands without power for hours in Ukraine, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service

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