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MTN signs partnership with Cisco Jasper to enable IoT connectivity for businesses throughout South Africa

By Zenobia Hegde

MTN announced a partnership with Cisco Jasper to enable their business customers throughout South Africa to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) services worldwide. MTN will be the first mobile operator in South Africa to deploy Cisco Jasper Control Centre, the automated connectivity management platform for IoT. The partnership also represents Cisco Jasper’s initial expansion into South Africa.

Mariana Kruger, general manager for ICT Solutions at MTN Business, says this partnership will entrench MTN’s position in the IoT and connected vehicles space and will give IoT device and vehicle manufacturers the opportunity to leverage MTN’s expansive network. While this solution will initially be rolled out in South Africa, plans are in place to leverage MTN’s data centres across its 22 points of presence across Africa.

“Our business customers in nearly every industry are looking to innovate and transform their businesses by offering connected services,” said Kruger. “The combination of our powerful mobile networks and Cisco Jasper’s leading IoT platform will empower our customers to deliver new connected services that generate recurring revenues, while also enhancing their customers’ experiences. More enterprises globally rely on Cisco Jasper Control Centre than any other IoT platform, and we are excited to bring its capabilities to our customers.”

Kruger says MTN is starting to reap the benefits of the substantial investment it has made in its network, and the strategic partnerships it has forged in the IoT space.

“Over the past three years, we have invested substantially in our network and have forged strategic partnerships with leading global players in the IoT space. These interventions have put us in a better position to provide our customers with a distinct customer experience.

The partnership between Cisco Jasper and MTN has several synergies – both companies have the unrivalled capacity and expertise to provide NB-IoT services to enterprise customers. In addition, the technologies that we have invested in give MTN the ability to provide cutting-edge and tailored propositions to our clients, while delivering a secure and fool-proof connection,” concludes Kruger.

MTN sees significant demand for the Control Centre platform across all markets, and particularly from the following segments:

Telematics & vehicle diagnostics – Connected Car initiatives enable auto makers worldwide to constantly monitor the performance of their vehicles and proactively address any issues before they cause a problem for drivers. Cisco Jasper has a deep history in the Connected Car market, with 50 of the world’s largest auto brands using Control Centre for their Connected Car initiatives.
Vehicle tracking – Vehicle connectivity enables a range of vehicle tracking services, from remote tracking to aid in recovery of stolen vehicles to the monitoring of vehicles for better fleet management.
Building security and automation – Connectivity has transformed how we interact with both commercial properties and our homes, making them more efficient, secure and responsive to our needs. The more we value these services, the more pivotal connectivity becomes, which is why many of the world’s largest building security and automation providers rely on the Cisco Jasper platform.
Logistics – IoT is a critical enabler for optimising and automating logistics […]

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The Largest Building and Construction Exhibition, 2018 KOREA BUILD Is Recruiting Participating Companies

By IoT – Internet of Things

Celebrating its 33rd anniversary, 2018 KOREA BUILD, a featured exhibition for architecture, construction and interior design with the longest tradition in Korea, will be held at KINTEX from February 22 (Thurs) to February 25 (Sun). The available list of items for participation are: IOT/home security, interior-exterior materials, structural materials, insulators, water supply/sanitary materials, air conditioning […]

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Global study reveals IoT adoption is at 69% despite security concerns

By Zenobia Hegde

Cradlepoint announced the release of a new Cradlepoint Business Intelligence Report, “The State of IoT 2017-2018”, which reveals the current IT practices, perceptions and future plans surrounding global Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. The findings of the underlying study revealed that even though over 69% of organisations have adopted, or plan to adopt, IoT solutions within the next year, 40% of companies have serious concerns around cybersecurity.

Conducted by Spiceworks, the study surveyed 400 IT professionals in the U.S., Canada and the UK at companies with at least 500 employees across 22 industries. Respondents are all involved with IoT strategies and decisions at their organisations.

While cybersecurity remains the top concern (40%), it is a desire for increased physical security that is the top driver for IoT adoption (32%), followed by improved operational processes (23%), reduced operational costs (21%) and simplified management (20%). Approximately 71% of respondents who already use IoT technologies say they’re using it for building security, often through security cameras.

Recent botnet attacks have infected millions of IoT devices. However, despite the growing security threat associated with IoT, the research shows that about half of the organisations surveyed are deploying IoT solutions on their existing enterprise network and 57% prefer to manage their own IoT device security.

“Following the spread of IoT botnets like Reaper and Mirai, which infected millions of internet-connected security cameras, routers, and digital video recorders, it’s evident that insecure IoT devices, even connected security devices, are putting organisations more at risk,” said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks.

“Before deploying network-connected devices that create more entry points for hackers to exploit, organisations should vet the security of all IoT devices they plan to introduce and ensure their company can adequately protect these devices from potential threats.”

“Our new ‘State of IoT’ report highlights a looming issue within commercial IoT deployments – cross-contamination. Companies that deploy IoT devices on their existing enterprise networks are significantly expanding their attack surface and creating new vulnerabilities to IoT-specific threats that traditional security tools are not equipped to handle,” said Ken Hosac, vice president of IoT business development at Cradlepoint.

“The good news, however, is that companies can leverage software-defined perimeter technology to spin-up virtual overlay networks, without trained specialists, that isolate IoT devices from existing networks—and other IoT devices, control access and shield them from being Internet-addressable.”

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Imperva survey shows nearly a quarter of companies haven’t hired a Data Protection Officer

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Imperva, Inc, committed to protecting business-critical data and applications in the cloud and on-premises, announced the results of a survey of 310 IT security professionals taken at the Infosecurity Europe 2017 trade show. The results suggest that while the industry is preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), 22% haven’t yet hired a Data […]

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The 5 W’s of ARIN

By Erin Scherer

It’s sweet summertime, and it seems like the perfect opportunity to welcome newcomers to our community. We want to take a moment to step back and introduce ourselves to those of you who may not be familiar with who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved in our community.

Who are we?

We’re the American Registry for Internet Numbers, or more simply, ARIN! We’re a nonprofit corporation responsible for distribution and administration of IPv4 and IPv6 address space and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs), which are collectively known as Internet number resources. Our core business is the fair distribution of IP addresses and ASNs based on community developed policy, along with maintaining the accuracy and stability of the Internet number registry system.

We are a staff of 80+ distributed across five departments: Registration Services, Engineering, Human Resources and Administration, Financial Services, and Communications and Member Services. We work together to ensure that our members always come first.

What do we do?

Well, we do a lot. Our Registration Services Help Desk, via email or telephone, is usually the first point of contact for many of our new customers. Our team is there to help when you need to request new resources or submit a transfer request. They are also available to walk you through any questions you may have through our ARIN Online portal.

What is most important to remember is that we are a community. What we do as a registry is determined by the individuals in that community who choose to participate. Not sure how to get involved? We host Public Policy and Member Meetings twice a year that are open and free to anyone. These meetings are held in various locations throughout our region and provide you the opportunity to engage in policy discussions, learn about our new services, talk to our onsite registration team, and discuss operational and financial matters.

We also facilitate an open and transparent Policy Development Process (PDP) for our community. We don’t create policy; we listen to you and dictate our operations accordingly. Anyone, except ARIN staff, can participate in suggesting new or revised policy and voicing opinions about suggested policy proposals. ARIN membership is not required to participate. For more information on ARIN policies and the PDP, visit our Policy Development Process page.

Now let’s get technical. We are constantly working to provide the online tools and services needed to request, manage, secure Internet number resources and automate all your interactions with ARIN. Visit our Services page to learn your options to manage Whois and Registration Data Access Protocol, Routing Information, DNS Security, Provisioning and Maintenance of Registration Records, RPKI, and so much more. Is there something you think we should be developing to help you? Tell us by submitting a suggestion to our ( https://www.arin.net/public/acsp/index.xhtml)

When did we first form?

We were born on 22 December 1997. Before we formed, the task of assigning addresses was handled by one individual, Jon Postel, on a volunteer basis, and as legend goes, in a paper notebook. This became too large a task for one person to handle, so the Internet Assigned Names and Numbers Authority (IANA) was established as the “custodian” of Internet addresses, along with an Internet Registry function to handle the registration tasks. Over time, the general Internet community decided to separate the management of domain names from the management of IP addresses, in part to maintain stability of the IP numbering system. As a result, we were established to provide IP registration services as an independent, nonprofit corporation. Now if you hear someone referencing ARIN’s database as Postel’s notebook, as is the case now and again, you’ll know why.

Where is our region?

There are five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) throughout the world. Our region includes the United States, Canada, and parts of the Caribbean. We also cover Antarctica…brrr.

Why?

So, why should you care about us? Well, the Internet plays a pretty big role in everything we do. Not just here at ARIN, but everywhere. And right now there is a lot going on behind the scenes of the Internet’s inner workings, especially surrounding IPv4 depletion and the adoption of IPv6 (more on that in a future post.) It is important to stay informed and get involved, and we have many ways for you to do so.

We look forward to having you as a part of our community!

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ICANN’s KSK Rollover: What You Need to Know

By Erin Scherer

ICANN is planning to roll, or change, the “top” pair of cryptographic keys used in the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) protocol, known as the Root Zone KSK. This will be the first time the KSK has been changed since it was initially generated in 2010. Changing these keys is an important step to take to ensure security, similar to how changing passwords is considered to be an important safety measure.

According to the ICANN website, “Maintaining an up-to-date KSK is essential to ensuring DNSSEC-signed domain names continue to validate following the rollover. Failure to have the current root zone KSK will mean that DNSSEC-enabled validators will be unable to verify that DNS responses have not been tampered with and thus will return an error response to all DNSSEC-signed queries.”

What does this rollover mean?

Rolling the KSK means generating a new cryptographic key pair and distributing the new public component to everyone who operates validating resolvers.

Once the new keys have been generated, network operators performing DNSSEC validation will need to update their systems with the new key so that when a user attempts to visit a website, it can validate it against the new KSK.

Who will be affected?

According to ICANN, about one-in-four global Internet users, or 750 million people, could be affected by the KSK rollover. That figure is based on the estimated number of Internet users who use DNSSEC validating resolvers.

ICANN is encouraging you to test and check your systems prior to the KSK rollover to confirm what action is needed. They have provided a free testbed to help you determine whether your systems can handle automated updates properly.

Network Operators who update DNSSEC-enabled resolver trust anchor configuration manually should ensure that the new root zone KSK is configured before October 11, 2017.

Anyone who writes, integrates, distributes or operates software supporting DNSSEC validation that correctly follows the RFC 5011 automatic trust anchor protocol does not need to take any action.

Do you need to change anything with ARIN?

No. There is no action that you need to take with us. We are simply passing this message along to ensure our community is aware of this impactful change. We are not involved in the rollover itself, nor will anything here at ARIN change as a result of the rollover.

When is the rollover taking place?

The change will occur in a phased approach. The important dates to be aware of include:

  • 11 July 2017: New KSK published in DNS
  • 19 September 2017: Size increase for DNSKEY response from root name servers
  • 11 October 2017: New KSK begins to sign the root zone key set (This is the actual rollover event)
  • 11 January 2018: Revocation of old KSK
  • 22 March 2018: Last day the old KSK appears in the root zone
  • August 2018: Old key is deleted from equipment in both ICANN Key Management Facilities
Want to learn more? Check out these resources from ICANN:
Links:
Documents

Have a Question?
Send an email to globalsupport@icann.org with “KSK Rollover” in the subject line to submit your questions.

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Adoption of GlobalPlatform industry specs deployed on 22bn Secure Elements

By Sheetal Kumbhar

GlobalPlatform, a standard for the protection and secure management of digital services and devices, has conservatively estimated that 41% of all Secure Elements (SE) deployed globally between 2010 and 2016 were based on its specifications. That is a total of 22.018 billion. “The ongoing adoption of GlobalPlatform Specifications for SE products demonstrates the market’s awareness […]

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SCWS World

By IoT Now Magazine

Event date: May 22 – 25, 2017 Intercontinental o2 Hotel, London, UK SCWS World is the only event that brings together the entire small cells ecosystem to share trial and deployment experiences, build lasting business relationships with qualified industry stakeholders and provide a platform for exciting new product launches and technological developments. The event is […]

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IoT Slam Live 2017

By IoT Now Magazine

Event date: June 21 – 22, 2017 North Carolina, USA The IoT Slam® Live, an IoT Slam® production, is the Internet of Things Community’s fifth international IoT conference and its inaugural live in-person event, covering standards, interoperability, open source, integration, security, infrastructure, business models, research, innovation, best practices, technology, industry implementation and compliance, from a […]

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Huawei and Software AG to Deliver Complete Internet of Things Solutions

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Huawei IoT

HANNOVER, Germany, March 22, 2017 — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology solution provider, has announced a new partnership with Software AG to support the increasing demand of companies for a complete one-stop-shop Internet of Things solution.

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The partnership will deliver the hardware and software needed to provide a cloud based IoT (Internet of Things) platform and the streaming analytic capabilities at the edge of the IoT that will allow for maximum speed and flexibility in operational and strategic decisions and responses.

As the Internet of Things increasingly impacts every enterprise and the entire global economy, more and more industrial enterprises understand that the new business opportunities are too vast; the challenges from new competitors to unpredictable and new customer expectations are too high for any enterprise to sit still.

To enable enterprises to take full control of their business strategies in a rapidly changing world and make those strategies flexible enough to react to the demands of digitalization when and where they need to, Huawei and Software AG are bringing together their core IoT competencies.

Huawei’s hardware and software offerings for Cloud and Edge computing, Huawei’s Open IoT Platform and Network Infrastructure capabilities combined with Software AG’s streaming analytics, hybrid enterprise integration and predictive analytics will result in an unparalleled offering for customers to adopt and deploy a full IoT infrastructure from the cloud to the edge of the internet of things.

“The Internet of things, whether through Smart Industries, Smart Cities, Smart Energy and Connected Cars will impact society and the global economy on a massive scale. It will be truly game changing for every enterprise”, stated Eric Duffaut, Chief Customer Officer, Software AG. “The power and breadth of Huawei’s Cloud and IoT platforms combined with the software based intelligence and integration capabilities of Software AG’s Digital Business Platform will allow any enterprise to harness the IoT and develop global, innovative digital product or services.”

“With Software AG’s capabilities and solutions, we are able to maximize the value of IoT and make it accessible to our customers wherever required. It fits seamlessly into our IoT vision.” said Vincent Pang, President of Huawei Western Europe. “This cooperation continues to reflect our ongoing commitment to building cloud ecosystems with partners, and helping our European customers achieve greater business success.”

The partnership between Huawei and Software AG will have an initial focus on Europe. In the spirit of a modern partner ecosystem both companies are keen in broadening and completing the offerings via additional partners who can add specific industry, integration and technology expertise.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com

Media Contact:

Estrella Li
+31 204300697
estrella.li@huawei.com

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