Infineon Technologies AG today launched CIRRENT Cloud ID, a service that automates cloud certificate provisioning and IoT device-to-cloud authentication. The easy-to-use service extends the chain of trust and makes tasks easier and more secure from chip-to-cloud, while lowering companies’ total cost of ownership. Cloud ID is ideal for cloud-connected product companies in the industrial, consumer, healthcare, medical and manufacturing industries.
“IoT product companies have struggled for years to simplify manufacturing, security, and provisioning,” said Rob Conant, Vice President of Software and Ecosystem at Infineon. “Cloud ID builds on Infineon’s strong capability in embedded security, combined with the CIRRENT cloud services, to extend the chain of trust from the chip-to-the-cloud, addressing the manufacturing, security, and provisioning problems in a unique way. We’re helping our customers save money, time and staff while making no compromises on security.”
In the past, companies making IoT devices made tradeoffs between IT complexity and security. They could choose complex and expensive solutions involving the installation of hardware security modules (HSM) in their manufacturing lines and requiring secure IT processes, or they could choose simpler solutions that were easier and less expensive to implement but had substantial security flaws. Infineon’s Cloud ID breaks that paradigm by providing cryptographic security with a cloud-based certificate delivery mechanism and simplifying manufacturing processes.
Cloud ID has multiple advantages over traditional approaches. It:
- Simplifies the manufacturing processes, while maintaining the capability to have individual certificates without complex IT systems and processes
- Provides asymmetric key security that leverage Infineon’s trusted security and the strength of the X.509 certificates without the complex infrastructure
- Comes with automatic provisioning to the cloud. Users can configure a cloud-to-cloud connection and provisioning with a private cloud, public cloud, or AWS IoT Core
- Provides users the ability to monitor, track, and audit registration and provisioning
- Lowers total cost of ownership by replacing NRE and operational costs of an HSM.
How Cloud ID Works
Cloud ID is quick and easy to set up. A user sets up a free CIRRENT account and configures cloud-to-cloud connection between the CIRRENT Cloud ID Service and their Product Cloud. A Cloud ID compatible batch of chips, containing X.509 certificates, are delivered to the manufacturing location, where a technician registers them using a smartphone. The X.509 certificates are automatically provisioned to the product cloud. Users can log into the CIRRENT console to download their certificates, audit and track registrations and provisioning.
CIRRENT Cloud ID’s Availability
Infineon CIRRENT Cloud ID is available now. To learn more about it or to try it out for yourself with the free virtual kit, visit www.cypress.com/CIRRENTCLOUD_ID.