BlackBerry Quietly Prepares to Rule the Internet of Things


Recently we featured BlackBerry’s development PLATFORM for the Internet of Things (IoT) based on BlackBerry’s QNX software division.

Today, CNN Money has revealed that another BlackBerry company, Certicom will also have a role to play in assisting with security aspects of the IoT.

Certicom, specializing in cryptography, was acquired by BlackBerry with little fanfare back in February of 2009, for $106 million.

Certicom announced a new managed public key infrastructure certificate service for connected devices, unleashing the performance of its renowned security technology for a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This certificate will assure that the Internet devices that you connect to are known and trusted, much like certificates operate currently for websites.

These certificates will be under Certicom’s management and security infrastructure, allowing customers to focus on their core business.

On the week of April 13, Certicom began issuing certificates for the smart meter initiative in the United Kingdom, a market with over 104 million smart meters and home energy management devices that conform to ZigBee® Smart Energy specifications. Certicom designed this new managed PKI certificate service to scale up to hundreds of millions of connected devices. Since 2008, Certicom has issued nearly 60 million ZigBee device certificates to secure smart meters and energy management devices worldwide. Members of the ZigBee Alliance use the certificates to enroll devices into a network and protect sensitive data with powerful, efficient Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) from Certicom.

Certicom, in addition to QNX is just one more reason that BlackBerry is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the coming IoT market. I am happy to learn that BlackBerry will be involved in the security of these possibly intrusive devices, there is no other entity that I would trust as we become more and more embedded in the digital world.


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