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The GSMA recognized the need for an IoT security standard and has partnered with Verizon for the remote provisioning and management of the embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC), also known as a SIM embedded in a device.
The partnership makes Verizon the GSMA-certified certificate issuer for remote provisioning and management of the eUICC for IoT devices.
Verizon has long focused on this space, providing critical tools and thought leadership like Verizon’s IoT Security Credentialing service, which adds an extra layer of protection through the eUICC. The security credentialing service is designed to help reduce many of the security threats linked with today’s IoT deployments, enabling developers to secure single points of vulnerability and better protect devices and applications regardless of service provider or type of transport deployed – e.g. cellular, Wi-Fi, wireline, etc.
Verizon’s GSMA certification will provide:
- Application protection: an “over-the-top” (OTT) layer of security to help secure IoT devices and apps, regardless of provider.
- Trusted authentication: ability to give select individuals and/or devices access to apps or IoT devices.
- Data privacy: help entities keep their data secure through encryption.
Mark Bartolomeo, VP of IoT at Verizon, said, “This is a promising step forward in securing IoT for the masses – the GSMA’s adoption of security certification through Verizon’s Security Credentialing Service will ensure standards for operators and manufacturers across the board, creating a more secure and consistent approach to IoT security moving forward.”