Improving IoT Interoperability, Security for Connected Health

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Improving IoT Interoperability, Security for Connected Health
20Mar|2017

Improving connected health through IoT security and interoperability

As a forward-looking company that’s focused on ensuring security and innovation to connect people, places, and things, Kyrio is improving IoT interoperability and security for connected healthcare. In October 2016, Kyrio became an authorized test lab (ATL) for the Open Connectivity Foundation certification program, and more recently, we helped Tekoia through the certification testing process that resulted in the company being one of the very first clients to receive certification under the new program.

As you might expect, a large portion of IoT devices being manufactured today include wearables (think smartwatches and fitness trackers), where analysts predict shipments to surge to 173.4 million wearable devices by 2019. There’s also a variety of health and wellness devices being developed to help users monitor ailments or conditions. Things like pulse and blood pressure measurement, and geo-tracking for running and walking are just a few examples of how IoT devices are changing the landscape in how consumers manage, monitor, and improve their health.

These are just a few of the reasons why I believe it’s vital that Kyrio plays a role in securing and testing interoperability of IoT devices. At Kyrio, we take on the role of the explorer in the unknown frontier of connected health, simply because our community depends on it.

However, our commitment to security can’t end at the device level. The networks on which these devices communicate must also be secure. In a recent CableLabs blog post, CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown aptly pointed out the importance of collaboration, stating that “connectivity transcends industries and the issues faced by healthcare are massive.”

Kyrio is part of the healthcare collaboration efforts that Ralph discussed in his blog post. In addition to testing network devices, Kyrio enables the underlying network access security for network service providers through our public key infrastructure (PKI) services. Utilized by dozens of broadband and Wi-Fi network device manufacturers, CableLabs and Kyrio digital certificates are placed in millions of devices connected to high-speed broadband network in homes across multiple countries.

I’ll be joining business leaders, key technologists, security experts, and policy pundits to address new opportunities, challenges, and social implications that are taking place today in two back-to-back conferences: Informed[ED] IoT Security on April 12 and Inform[ED] Connected Healthcare on April 13.

Inform[ED] Event Details

Inform[ED] IoT Security
April 12, 2017

Inform[ED] IoT Security
April 13, 2017

InterContinental Times Square New York
300 W 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

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For the first conference, I’ll be moderating the “Real World Hacking of IoT Devices” session, and my colleague Ron Ih, Director of Business Development at Kyrio will be moderating the “IoT Security Standards/Certification” panel. For the second conference, Simon Krauss Vice President and General Counsel at Kyrio will be discussing legal and regulatory issues as it relates to connected healthcare.

There’s a slew of great discussions planned for these two conferences. I hope you will join me to continue the discussion at one of these events.

Mitchell Ashley
Mitchell Ashley
President & General Manager
  • Dave Woolfenden

    Mitchell, Hello, nice post, can I ask where you are getting your PKI meaning? Going back, at least 20 years, PKI stands for “Public Key Infrastructure”, are you trying to redefine this abbreviation?