Hortonworks and Neustar Deliver New Identity Management and Security For IoT Devices

Hortonworks has forged an open source collaboration with Neustar, a provider of real-time information services, on security and identity management tools for IoT devices.

The rapid growth of the number of IoT devices, has made security a top priority, so to help customers protect themselves as the number of devices on their networks grows, Hortonworks and Neustar are extending management all the way down to the device level to enable central management of those devices and the ability to swiftly remove one that is compromised. With end-to-end validation of data provided through Hortonworks, combined with Neustar’s OneID, an identity solution that delivers IoT certificate and identity management in the authentication and revocation of IoT devices, the companies say, customers will be able to more confidently explore IoT.

Specifically, Hortonworks’ connected data platforms will enable Neustar to extend its OneID identity management to the open source community, utilizing Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Hortonworks Data Flow (HDF), to support development of new identity management and security solutions for IoT devices.

By integrating with HDP and HDF, Neustar is able to incorporate the functionality of Apache Ranger and Apache Atlas to extend management down to the device level.

This cloud-based management allows for central management of devices, with the ability to enforce policies based on user or device. According to the vendors, this policy management enables more secure IoT devices for customers without the security implications of adding large numbers of devices to their network.

Neustar has leveraged open source security and policy enforcement technologies to power OneID as well as Device Directory for mobile devices, noted Greg Pavlik, chief product officer at Hortonworks,pointing out that this is a testament to Hortonworks’ core belief that open source brings innovation to market faster and our commitment to helping our customers innovate faster with the community.

Using Neustar’s Device Directory, its customers can register devices, creating a central repository for easy management and policy enforcement. Apache NiFi and Apache MiNiFi through HDF allow customers to extend the reach of the Data Distribution System (DDS) down to the device, whether it is online or offline. By doing so, Neustar OneID can be used to generate or revoke certificates for hosts, with the ability to quickly remove a compromised host or group of hosts. Once an issue has been resolved, OneID and HDF can bring the same hosts back up quickly and easily.

Neustar OneID will be able to sign and validate data, helping ensure its authenticity and alerting an organization to any issues. With end-to-end data validation extending from the edge to central management in the cloud, and with the ability to act once a compromised host is detected, Neustar is offering customers greater peace of mind as they explore IoT.

For more information, visit www.hortonworks.com and www.neustar.biz


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