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How to Regain Control of Compromised IoT Device Certificates

Posted by JD Kilgallin on Apr 25, 2018 3:19:42 PM

Imagine a world with no access controls. A free for all resulting in chaos thanks to broken processes, zero audit trails, and no way to administer rights to the appropriate devices or people. Luckily, today’s IoT driven world is layered with access controls designed to streamline and simplify alongside of prioritizing the most important aspect - security.

With CMS VerdeTTo and the VerdeTTo Access Valve for ThingWorx, devices can be constrained to only access systems under certain conditions, such as connecting from certain known locations or during certain expected operating hours. VerdeTTo also allows devices with compromised certificates to quickly be disabled, preventing them from accessing network resources and systems.

Just one click changes a metadata value for the compromised certificates through the VerdeTTo portal, while the VerdeTTo Access Valve immediately terminates the device’s access to the ThingWorx platform. But once a device is compromised (especially if a broad range of devices are compromised) how do you securely bring everything back online?

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Topics: Public Key Infrastructure, PKI, IoT, Internet of Things (IoT), LiveWorx, Cryptography

Efficient Digital Certificate Management with APIs

Posted by JD Kilgallin on Feb 23, 2018 10:47:23 AM

A good API makes the difference between a software application and a software platform. Without an API, a software product is a special-purpose tool for a pre-defined set of specific operations. With a good API, though, it can become a powerful, modular platform with capabilities that go well beyond what its developers originally imagined. Tasks that otherwise require thousands of clicks and keystrokes can be reduced to a single keystroke to launch a script. And business processes that require multiple software applications can be seamlessly integrated so that the end users don't even have to know what software is being used. This is all true of CMS, and with the launch of CMS 5.0 and the CMS PowerShell SDK, the API-based capabilities of CMS are more powerful than ever and easier to use!

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Topics: digital certificate management, PowerShell, API, PowerShell SDK, efficient certificate management

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