• 2018-04-24

Managed PKI for IoT" Cooperating with "Arm Mbed Cloud

Managed PKI for IoT" Cooperating with "Arm Mbed Cloud
~Enabling High-Speed, Automatic Delivery of Electric Certificate to IoT Device~

 GMO GlobalSign K.K. (Representative Director: Ichiro Chujo; hereinafter referred to as GMO GlobalSign), company providing electronic certification services and being a consolidated company of GMO CLOUD K.K. which is a member company of GMO Internet Group, has, regarding "Managed PKI for IoT" being a service issuing a large number of client certificates to IoT devices, started the system cooperation on Monday, April 23, 2018 with "Arm® Mbed™ Cloud (hereinafter referred to as Mbed Cloud)" being an IoT device control cloud service provided by Arm Limited (Head Office: UK; Japanese Branch: Yokohama City, Kanagawa; hereinafter referred to as Arm Ltd) which is one of the world's largest semiconductor designing companies.

This system cooperation enables those IoT device manufactures using "Mbed Cloud" to automatically deliver to IoT devices at high speed electronic certificates issued by GMO GlobalSign that is a public certificate authority (*1) publically authorized.

(*1) Referring to an electronic certificate issuer meeting the strict screening standards of "WebTrust for CA" that examines if Internet operators conduct e-commerce transactions based on global e-commerce transaction assurance standards.

Backgrounds and Outline of Cooperation
Since April 2017, GMO GlobalSign has been providing "Managed PKI for IoT" that is a service enabling the high-speed, automatic delivery of electronic certificates to IoT devices. "Managed PKI for IoT" is featured by its capability of issuing a large amount of certificates as many as 3,000 copies per minute - the fastest in the industry - and setting various certificate profiles according to devices and purposes. Owing to the provision of "Managed PKI for IoT" in API format, it can be swiftly and readily cooperated with a system provided by technical partners and IoT application developers.

With this background, prior to the provision of "Managed PKI for IoT", GMO GlobalSign concluded the "Mbed IoT Device Platform Partner" agreement with Arm Ltd in March 2017. "Mbed IoT Device Platform Partner" is a partner program where the both companies, using each other's technologies, engage in the development and business operations of new IoT devices based on the services of Arm Ltd.

The both companies have been collectively working on developments and verifications for realizing a service enabling the automatic delivery of electronic certifications from the manufacturing stage of IC chips (SoC: abbreviation of System on a Chip) (*2) to be loaded onto IoT devices.

In this context, as a milestone of such efforts, the system cooperation between "Managed PKI for IoT" of GMO GlobalSign and "Mbed Cloud" being an IoT device management cloud service provided by Arm Ltd has been started so that IoT device manufactures can readily deliver electronic certificates to the devices at a high speed.

This system cooperation enables those IoT device manufactures using "Mbed Cloud" to automatically deliver at high speed electronic certificates issued by GMO GlobalSign to respective IoT devices compatible with "Mbed OS".

The both companies will continue to make efforts toward the realization of a service enabling the delivery of electronic certificates from the manufacturing stage of SoC.

(*2) Referring to a designing method to implement on a single IC chip multiple functions necessary for the system operation and to those chips manufactured through such method

Endorsement from Respective Companies
■ Mr. Hima Mukkamala, General Manager Responsible for IoT Cloud Services, Arm Ltd
"An enhancement in IoT security is a challenge for the entire industry and needs a collective approach for protecting devices throughout their life cycle. Moreover, such security enhancement will lead to the reduction of frictions in terms of the implementation and management those organizations introducing IoT are to face. Thanks to the cooperation of 'Managed PKI for IoT' provided by GMO GlobalSign with "Mbed Cloud", organizations will become able to reduce the complexity while improving the flexibility as well as to utilize existing identity infrastructures for the purpose of safely authorizing IoT devices."

■Mr. Gen Utsumi, Representative Director, Arm Ltd (Japanese Branch)
"I am delighted that we have been able to take a new step along with GMO GlobalSign which is a rood certificate authority providing authorization services throughout the world. I am convinced that the warranty of good security backed up by an appropriate device authorization process will enable people to enjoy more safely and securely the benefits of IoT devices and the services using them."

■Mr. Minoru Karasawa, Director, GMO GlobalSign
"This time, we have been able to announce the cooperation as a milestone in our efforts to lead the service provisions related to IoT which has been made for the past one year since the conclusion of the partnership agreement with Arm Ltd in April 2017. Arm Ltd is a company leading the semiconductor market through its world-class security building and introduction as well as collaboration with in-house ecosystems. I am very delighted that we can start providing an IoT solution in cooperation with such prestigious company. GMO GlobalSign will continue to provide solutions for realizing the enhancement in securities meeting a variety of needs from the stages of product planning and verification experiments."

【About Arm】(URL:https://www.arm.com/)
Arm's technologies bring change to the ideal people's lifestyle and corporate management as the center of the computing and connectivity revolution. Arm's sophisticated processor designing with superior energy efficiency realizes intelligence using 100 billion silicon chips, securely supporting a wide range of products from various sensors to smartphones and super computers. Currently, Arm Ltd is leading Arm innovations in every field of computing carried out within chips, networks and clouds by cooperating with more than 1,000 technology companies including the world's largest business brands and consumer brands.

■ About "Arm Mbed IoT Platform" (URL:https://www.mbed.com/)
"Arm Mbed IoT Platform" is an IoT platform incorporating the elements necessary for securely managing devices and realizing the provisioning and comfortable connectivity. Specifically, "Arm Mbed IoT Platform" provides several elements including "Mbed OS", an OS for incorporating IoT devices; "Mbed Cloud", a cloud service managing IoT devices via the network; various tools; and development eco systems. By introducing "Arm Mbed IoT Platform", those corporations taking advantage of IoT are capable of managing and updating IoT devices by connecting them with a cloud environment regardless of their format such as public cloud/private cloud and on-premise/hybrid as well as dramatically reducing the time required for the development of applications.

【About "Managed PKI for IoT"】(URL:https://jp.globalsign.com/internet-of-things/)
"Managed PKI for IoT" is a service enabling the large, high-speed issuance to IoT devices of client certificates identifying device owners (individuals/organizations) through the utilization of PKI technologies (*3) which are capable of assuring the authentication, confidentiality, integrity, etc. of data.

"Managed PKI for IoT" is capable not only of setting different certificate profiles in accordance with devices and purposes but also of issuing a large number of client certificates as many as 3,000 copies per minute, which enables us to satisfy the needs of IoT equipment manufacturers that are in need of the identity (ID) control of their millions of products (serial numbers) one by one.

(*3) PKI, the abbreviation of Public Key Infrastructure, refers to a technology called as Public Key Cryptosystem consisting of a pair of public keys and secret keys. In this system, a pair of two different keys is used in encryption and decoding. You cannot decode what has been encrypted with the use of one of paired keys unless using the other key.

About GMO GlobalSign
GlobalSign is the leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions enabling businesses, large enterprises, cloud-based service providers and IoT innovators around the world to conduct secure online communications, manage millions of verified digital identities and automate authentication and encryption. Its high-scale PKI and identity solutions support the billions of services, devices, people and things comprising the Internet of Everything (IoE). The company has offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit https://www.globalsign.com. .

About GMO Cloud KK
GMO Cloud K.K. (TSE: 3788) is a full-service IT infrastructure provider focused on cloud solutions. Established as a hosting company in 1996, the company has managed servers for more than 130,000 businesses and now has 6,000 sales partners throughout Japan. In February of 2011, the company launched GMO Cloud to enhance its focus on cloud-based solutions. Since 2007, the company has also grown its GlobalSign SSL security brand through offices in Belgium, U.K., U.S., China and Singapore. For more information please visit https://ir.gmocloud.com/english/.

GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is an Internet services industry leader, developing and operating Japan's most widely used domain, hosting & cloud, ecommerce, security, and payment solutions. The Group also comprises the world's largest online FX trading platform, as well as online advertising, Internet media, and mobile entertainment products. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information please visit https://www.gmo.jp/en/.