DNP and Gemalto to Collaborate on IoT Security

Will accelerate development of goods and services designed to achieve safe and secure IoT


Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) will collaborate with Gemalto N.V. (Gemalto), a world leader in digital security, in the area of security for the Internet of Things (IoT).


According to a 2011 survey conducted by Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, the number of IoT-linked devices will rise to 50 billion units on a global basis in 2020, and it is expected that these devices will be installed and used in a variety of sites. If device -based or device-to-server/server-to-device communications security levels are not maintained at high levels, then there are fears of damage from data theft or tampering from malicious third-parties. Cases have already been reported from outside Japan of IoT-linked devices being attacked and damaged by data tampering as a result of the hacking of smart meters that digitally measure power usage. At the same time, the automobile industry, which is looking forward to the penetration of connected cars and unmanned ground vehicles, has also been highlighted as a likely target of hacking-based hijacking of controls. Against this background, DNP is fielding increased calls for enhanced IoT security measures.

DNP has been engaged in the development of smart card software, manufacture and personalization of smart cards, along with authentication services since the 1980s, and has built up a significant domestic market share in cash cards, credit cards, and smart phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards. And by capitalizing on the technology and know-how developed through these endeavors DNP is now promoting the development of gateway terminals and related applications designed to achieve an IoT environment. Gemalto operates digital security solutions combining trustworthiness and convenience in a broad array of areas, including finance, government, mobile, transport and M2M, and offers these solutions to companies and governments around the globe, as well as their users.

In this latest development, DNP and Gemalto will collaborate in the area of IoT security, and by taking advantage of the partners' technologies and know-hows, aim to achieve a more universal, high security IoT environment.   


DNP and Gemalto will collaborate in the area of IoT security, and will develop an IC card technology-driven secure IoT platform.

In concrete terms, the new platform will utilize Transport Layer Security (TLS), a transport layer protocol capable of encrypting, receiving and sending data on the internet that has become a standard internet protocol, in communications between IoT devices and servers. And by storing the encryption key and digital certificate used in mutual TLS authentication in a Secure Application Module (SAM) equipped with advanced anti-tampering properties, it is possible to prevent illicit access or tampering, and conduct safer mutual authentication between devices and servers. SAM is a module integrated with security-related applications that encrypts, and authenticates data on a secure IC chip, and protects confidential information.

The partners will also offer a service for the secure delivery of encryption keys and digital certificates, along with applications. As a result of using the new platform, IoT-linked devices and communications security will be improved, making it possible to realize a safer and more secure IoT ecosystem. The partners will jointly promote field tests using the new platform, both in Japan and overseas, along with standardization activities and sales.


[Looking Ahead]

DNP has positioned Knowledge and Communication, Food and Healthcare, Lifestyle and Mobility, and the Environment and Energy as business growth areas, and is engaged in the creation of new values.

The Company will strengthen information security responses against the backdrop of increased demand from society, and will provide a variety of information services, including consulting and marketing.

Through this latest collaborative enterprise with Gemalto, goods and services developed by the partners will be proposed to participants in the finance, communications, critical infrastructure, manufacturing and medical areas where demands for advanced security are high. DNP aims approximately 3.5 billion yen in sales in FY 2020.

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