The Silicon Review
The world today has an emerging ecosystem of a variety of devices that are computing remotely through a distributed network. This requires an end-to-end solution to protect these devices that have gotten the ball rolling for digital transformation through the Internet of Things. Mocana does exactly this.
Established in 2002, Mocana provides a platform for cyber protection-as-a-service. The company's patented solution suite – TrustCenter, TrustEdge, and TrustCore – helps device operators across the globe bridge the gap between IoT/IIoT device vendors and managed security service providers.
Mocana makes it operationally efficient and cost-effective to implement and apply for comprehensive cyber protection across the entire lifecycle of devices. This helps persist trustworthiness of devices from manufacture to end-of-life, ensure data privacy and protection, and share trusted data for risk analytics. "The tools provided by Mocana are rooted in its long history of equipping engineers with the ability to harden devices that perform mission-critical operations," said Rob Westervelt, Research Manager, IDC.
To bring forth the era of cyber protection of the distributed computing, Mocana has its Mocana TrustCenter operations platform. This platform is one-of-a-kind and provides a tamper-resistant and scalable workflow for transfer of ownership and lifecycle management of devices fully integrated with authentication and certification services. It automates provisioning, orchestration, and management of devices for scalable enrollment and tamper-resistant software updates. TrustCenter may be managed using a web-based user interface or via REST-based APIs integrated with a vendor equipment device management system.
This platform can support an entire supply chain of silicon vendors, contract manufacturers, and device vendors to minimize the complexity of PKI infrastructure, transfer of ownership, and key management for device and data protection. It reduces lifecycle costs associated with maintenance, compliance, and device recovery on compromise and transforms cost-center to revenue-center with a subscription-based services model.
Mocana TrustCenter also offers a 'buy' option to overcome in-house design and development cycles, time to market, and expense to build an end-to-end solution. This model enables interoperability across heterogeneous device platforms and seamless integration with ecosystem services.
To go with the Mocana TrustCenter, the company offers Mocana TrustEdge, a comprehensive software solution for IoT device protection. This solution from Mocana is distributed as pre-compiled binaries. TrustEdge works seamlessly with TrustCenter to provide embedded perimeter controls, authenticated and automated key management for network traffic encryption, trusted platform measurements and event tracking for live analytics, and prime third-party orchestration, artificial intelligence, and machine learning services the cloud.
The last piece of offering from Mocana is the Mocana TrustCore development platform that provides an innovative solution to empower application developers with a simple set of APIs to leverage data privacy and protection controls for safety, security, and compliance without extensive re-engineering.
Upgrade with the Changing Times
Digital transformation is on a trajectory that is going to drive innovation in edge protection, process automation, and embedded mission-critical operations. Much of the critical public infrastructure, utility grids, and industrial control systems are currently outdated and not cyber-protected. And imminent risks have no term limits. So, this new system needs a protection mechanism that is designed for the current times. Further, this must be rooted in the notion of trustworthy ubiquitous devices and trusted data to power decision logic – namely process or policy-based actions. Untrusted devices and data without trust attribution will produce undesirable and potentially tragic outcomes.
Mocana's end-to-end cybersecurity system enables secure, cryptographically-signed over-the-air (OTA) and over-the-web (OTW) firmware updates. It allows for the integration of hardware or software-based roots of trust such as TPM, SGX, TrustZone, HSMs, SIMs, and MIMs and enables the replacement of open-source crypto software such as OpenSSL.
"Mocana's new IoT software brings trusted, military-grade security and cloud-based communications to safety-critical applications like connected commercial and military aircraft. We are excited to be working with Mocana and our joint customers to provide an integrated platform for safety-critical avionics applications that combines key pieces of their IoT software with our best-in-class DO-178 real-time operating system," said Greg Rose, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at DDC-I.
Today, Mocana's core technology protects more than a hundred million devices. It is trusted by over 200 of the largest energy, government, healthcare, manufacturing, IoT, telecommunications and networking, and transportation companies globally. The company's goal is to provide Cyber Protection-as-Service to eliminate the initial cost of modernization for device vendors and empower service providers to offer subscription-based services for the effective and efficient digital transformation of things.
The Leader Upfront
Dave Smith, CEO
He brings nearly 30 years of experience to his role as Chief Executive Office of Mocana. In this position, he works closely with the sales teams to drive shareholder value and improve alignment between all revenue-related functions.
Prior to joining Mocana, Dave held a variety of roles across security and technology companies ranging from sales to CEO to more. Most recently, he served as the CEO of KONEXUS where he led the company in their efforts to simplify mobile collaboration during a crisis. Dave also served as SVP of global sales and operations at CollabNet, SVP of global sales and enterprise success officer at WhiteHat Security, VP of global sales at GoGrid and FrontRange Solutions, senior VP of global sales at EdgeWave, and VP of American sales and service at 3Com.
He graduated from the Wharton School of Business on an executive acceleration program.