August 24, 2023

Device Authority KeyScaler as a Service: Mastering and Empowering Successful IoT Implementation Aligned With The CISA Framework To Deliver Zero Trust For IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) has unlocked a realm of innovation and transformation, promising to revolutionize industries across the board. Author Felipe Fernandes successfully points out in his article for Forbes “Mastering IoT Implementation: Strategies For Successful Outcomes,” the success of IoT initiatives hinges on careful planning, strategic execution, and a commitment to addressing key challenges. The 10-point framework outlined in this article is a great checklist for any organization planning or actively implementing an IoT project. This document will explore how the Device Authority KeyScaler-as-a-Service (KSaaS) solution, recently recognized by Microsoft as the Rising Azure Technology Partner of the Year, provides a powerful cloud-based technology platform to enable this vision, and will offer additional insights for organizations to unlock the full potential of their IoT endeavors.

1. Crafting a Clear IoT Vision

Just as the article highlights, a well-defined vision is the cornerstone of any successful IoT project. For example, managing the fusion of AI and IoT is one of today’s most critical technological challenges the industry grapples with. Data originating from IoT devices is increasingly being used to train sophisticated AI models. How do you ensure the data can be trusted? It starts with device trust which typically aligns to an organization’s broader Zero Trust security strategy. Currently we see more customers adopting a cloud first approach, such as KSaaS, to accelerate their digital transformation journey and provide a secure foundation for their IoT vision without having to incur costly management and infrastructure overhead. Using industry-proven cloud service businesses can help enforce a zero-trust framework by clearly defining and enforcing security policies, establishing complete device and data trust at scale, and ensuring confidentiality and integrity of their data while aligning their IoT initiatives with their broader organizational goals.

2. Gaining Internal Buy-In

Collaboration across departments is pivotal for IoT success, and integration of both IT and OT security practices is critical to an organization’s success. KSaaS ensures a unified approach in solving many security use cases at scale from one software cloud platform service, enforcing centralized Zero Trust policy all the way to the Internet Edge. This approach not only offers advanced security to the “new” perimeter of identity but also empowers cross-functional teams by providing comprehensive and flexible access controls and identity-based authentication mechanisms, which fosters an environment of trust and accountability, where stakeholders from central IT to field-based security departments can clearly see the benefits of IoT.

3. Evaluating Infrastructure Needs

As organizations expand their IoT footprint, integrating with existing systems becomes paramount. KSaaS excels in this aspect, seamlessly integrating with legacy systems and modern platforms alike. This interoperability maximizes investments in existing systems, minimizes disruption, and optimizes the utilization of infrastructure resources, ensuring that the IoT solution aligns harmoniously with the existing technology landscape. We work hard to ensure our platform remains agnostic, which customers demand – any device, any platform, and any PKI platform or identity provider.

4. Learning from the Initial Deployment

The value of experiencing a real-world deployment cannot be overstated. KSaaS was specifically designed for its ease of deployment, empowering customers to conduct secure and controlled POC or pilot deployments quickly and easily, gathering valuable insights that inform an optimized production environment. By providing detailed audit logs, analytics, and device management capabilities, KSaaS ensures that lessons learned are effectively applied for a successful full-scale rollout.

5. Understanding Your Data

Data is the lifeblood of IoT initiatives, and KSaaS safeguards this valuable asset. As we often say, if you can’t trust the device, you can’t trust the data. Through KeyScaler’s comprehensive device identity lifecycle and end-to-end data encryption mechanisms, organizations can confidently utilize the data generated by IoT devices to make informed decisions. The solution’s ability to handle massive volumes of data while ensuring its confidentiality and integrity according to a Zero Trust strategy, aligns perfectly with Fernandes’ emphasis on deriving actionable insights from IoT-generated data.

6. Security as a Mindset

IoT security is paramount, and KSaaS makes it a core principle. By integrating seamlessly with cybersecurity protocols and aligning to all 5 pillars of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, our solution provides end-to-end security, from device provisioning to data transmission. With identity-based access control, patented processes for leveraing PKI for IoT, and continuous monitoring and assurance leveraging a device’s SBOM, organizations can instill a security-first culture that embeds security throughout the entire solution lifecycle.

7. Designing for Scalability

Scalability is essential for future-proofing IoT initiatives, and KSaaS is designed with this in mind. Built on Azure using Microsoft’s Well Architected Framework, KSaaS’ flexible architecture and elastic scalability ensure that as the number of connected devices grows, the system continues to function seamlessly, turning scalability challenges into growth opportunities.

8. IoT Lifecycle Management

Managing the full lifecycle of IoT infrastructure is critical for sustaining IoT ROI over the long term, and KSaaS excels in this aspect. Too often organizations mistake assigning a device’s initial credentials and provisioning those devices to their network as the complete process, but this is just the first step in the process. Device Authority has published several frameworks to help customers understand the complete IoT device lifecycle, including the Enterprise IoT Lifecycle Blueprint, and the 9 Core Capabilities for Zero Trust in IoT. These frameworks cover a device’s lifecycle from initial manufacturing, all the way to decommissioning and recommissioning, and include leveraging security capabilities like continuous assurance using SBOMs, external threat intelligence to inform device authorization, and more. These frameworks can help provide the details needed to support Fernandes’ call for continuous improvement and adaptability in the face of evolving technology landscapes.

9. Prioritizing Users in Ongoing Improvements

User experience is central to IoT success, and KSaaS prioritizes user-centric enhancements. The entire KeyScaler platform, including KeyScaler Central, KeyScaler Edge, and the soon to be released KeyScaler AI, has followed a user-driving development model incorporating customer feedback from real-world IoT use cases across multiple industries. Through this user feedback, our customers have helped tailor one of the industry’s leading IoT solutions that meets evolving needs and expectations in Automotive, Medical, Industrial, Public Sector and other markets. Our solution empowers organizations to actively engage with users, refining workflows and enhancing functionality based on real-world insights, just as Fernandes recommends.

10. Forging Strategic Partnerships

Collaboration is key in the IoT ecosystem, and the Device Authority KeyScaler platform, including KSaaS supports this approach. As described above, the flexible architecture and unique integration capabilities of KeyScaler, in particular KSaaS, enables organizations to seamlessly integrate with their existing technology providers. KSaaS includes prebuilt integrations with the leading PKI platform providers, IoT application providers, and cybersecurity vendors. This ecosystem approach aligns with Fernandes’ counsel to leverage partnerships for enhanced capabilities and a greater likelihood of success. Device Authority’s close partnerships with Microsoft, EnTrust, Venafi, Avnet and many others are all examples of seamless ecosystem integration enabling customers to solve complex security challenges for real use cases supporting their digital transformation.

Conclusion: Leading the IoT Revolution with KeyScaler-as-a-Service

In a world where IoT innovation is reshaping industries, organizations must seize the opportunity to become leaders in this transformative landscape. The Forbes article provides a terrific roadmap for achieving IoT success, and we at Device Authority feel that our KSaaS solution perfectly complements these strategies. By considering this 10-point checklist and taking advantage of Device Authority’s expertise in helping companies successfully deploy IoT projects at scale, organizations can confidently embrace the IoT revolution and drive unparalleled business growth and innovation.

To learn more, review our IoT resources including the 9 Core Capabilities framework here: 9 Core Capabilities for Zero Trust in IoT

And,  to learn how KSaaS can deliver a compelling ROI for your project, use our ROI calculator located here

Louise José