The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 5G for Business

February 19, 2021 / by Charisma Burghouts

The Good.

The advent of 5G is an exciting development in connectivity for most businesses. From the farmer who can now remotely monitor field conditions to the global manufacturing leader dependent upon a digital supply chain, to mom-and-pop shops offering real-time-customer service, 5G is changing the way business gets done. And both owners and consumers are enjoying the benefits!

For most, 5G still lacks the true “100 times faster” connection that service providers touted it would bring in 2019. But still, its improvements to speed and lower latency over 4G LTE for business connectivity have already established it as a game changer.

Although 5G is one of the fastest growing technologies in history with adoption 4x as fast as LTE, it will be years before 5G networks blanket the globe. However, explosive adoption is already well underway in the automotive, manufacturing, utilities, and healthcare industries, all of which have been catalysts for a rush on new IoT devices for business efficiencies, enhanced customer service, the movement of large amounts of data, and more.

As 5G network availability grows, the potential for 5G IoT business devices has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, the security risks have grown with it

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The cost of not meeting NIST 800-171 requirements...more than a missed opportunity

February 08, 2021 / by Charisma Burghouts

The Department of Defense (DOD) put out a deadline mandating that specific controls for Covered Defense Information (CDI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) residing in nonfederal information systems be in place. Many DOD contractors and subcontractors have missed the deadline and are scrambling to update their cybersecurity standards.

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CCPA: The 500 Pound Gorilla Sitting on Your Security Strategy | Fornetix

November 16, 2020 / by Charisma Burghouts

CCPA stands for California Consumer Privacy Act. However, your company doesn’t have to be located in California for this law to affect business. If you’ve collected personal data on at least 50,000 people, or have $25 million or more in annual revenue, CCPA applies to your organization.

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Why Encryption Key Management Can't Be an Afterthought | Fornetix

May 27, 2020 / by Charisma Burghouts

The latest best practices in enterprise data security include utilizing KMIP AND an encryption key management solution. While most security conscious companies are mindful of the latest advancements in storage encryption, there is a lack of attention to the requirements necessary to managing the thousands of keys generated from multiple data centers, storage devices, and software — specifically, enterprise level encryption key management systems have been overlooked, leaving companies vulnerable.

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The Benefits of nCipher's New Serviced-Based Hardware Security Module (HSM) | Fornetix

October 08, 2019 / by Chuck White

When considering the intersection of Roots of Trust and the accessibility of services provided by cloud architecture, reliable options quickly become scarce. That is why we at Fornetix are excited to see nCipher launch their "nShield as a Service" (nSaaS) offering. With the combination of Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies and the embracing of "as a Service" cloud capabilities, there is a growing need for HSM services that can be provisioned and integrated with cloud principles while not belonging to a specific cloud vendor. At Fornetix, we built our technology to play to the middle, enabling public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions. We are excited to see nCipher’s nSaaS solution parallel our own. We believe the joint approach will help customers embrace effective use of cryptography no matter how they use technology, whether it be cloud first/cloud native, hybrid cloud, or private cloud.

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How to Identify IoT Pitfalls and Adopt Technology with Confidence | Fornetix

April 10, 2019 / by Chuck White

When looking at technology adoption, I am frequently reminded of Pandora’s Box from Greek mythology. This metaphor rings true when considering the Internet of Things (IoT). Whereas Pandora released a host of evils into the world, with IoT we have released new concerns associated with multiple technologies, multiple standards, scale, and security (or as I like to say, resiliency). When considering the information that flows from the edge, through the cloud, and ultimately to the data center, the lowest common denominator for protecting information is trust created by cryptography (as noted by nCipher’s Juan Asenjo in the other half of this blog series). In this blog, we are going to start by acknowledging the pitfalls of our particular Pandora and then discuss how we find hope in the solution provided by nCipher and Fornetix.

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End-to-End Encryption Strategies Becoming the Norm for Social Media | Fornetix

January 24, 2019 / by Fornetix

Would you consider giving up personal data in exchange for a third-party app to show you what your ninety-year-old self will look like? The rise of social media brought lots of joy to consumers’ lives, allowing users to get glimpses of their future selves, to find out their horoscopes, and to communicate with others across the globe.

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VaultCore: Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) for the IoT World | Fornetix

October 03, 2018 / by Chuck White

When looking at the problems we were trying to solve with VaultCore, IoT and IoE have always been part of the grand vision of orchestration. As more and more systems break down the concept of perimeters or layers, there is a need to address the realities of these changes.

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The Importance of Strong Encryption in Free Societies

September 18, 2018 / by Fornetix

There is growing concern regarding the role that encryption on personal devices might play in the future of law enforcement activities. Strong encryption, which uses large keys that are controversially hard to crack, has caused complaints in recent years as manufacturers such as Apple and Google increasingly add these features to their devices. What these companies have done is not new technology, but the broader application of existing public-private key encryption in a way that’s easy to use for the average consumer.

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Differentiating Key Managers & HSMs - Who Let the Keys Out?

May 15, 2018 / by Fornetix

Key managers have very clear differences from Hardware Security Modules (HSMs.)  The main differences reside in how the encryption keys can be used by a Key Manager or HSM.  There are other more important differentiators, however, let’s start with how key managers leverage open standards, like the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP), and what exactly an HSM is.

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