DNP and Nihon Unisys Group Jointly Develop Authentication System That Produces High Security IoT environment on "Microsoft Azure" Cloud Platform

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), Nihon Unisys, Ltd. (Nihon Unisys) and Uniadex Ltd. (Uniadex), a 100% subsidiary of Nihon Unisys, will jointly develop a Secure Application Module (SAM)1, and peripheral system targeting the Internet of Things (IoT) that incorporate authentication functions for accessing Azure IoT Hub. This authentication system connects, manages and controls numerous Internet of Things (IoT) devices on the Microsoft cloud platform "Microsoft Azure". Overall security is expected to be strengthened further, as a result of this development.


According to a survey conducted by the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, the number of IoT devices is forecast to rise to 50 billion units by 2020, with numerous devices expected to see broad-based installation and usage. At the same time, devices that have not been properly monitored, and are not maintained at the latest security status, will be at risk of damage from intrusion, data theft and information tampering as a result of direct attacks by malicious third-parties. In line with the expansion in IoT there have been demands to further strengthen security measures in order to prevent such events. Azure IoT Hub makes it possible to use security credentials and access controls on a device-by-device basis to ensure secured communications when sending information, via sensors etc. Security credentials are stored in the memory of the IoT device proper, but it has become necessary to store such credentials in a safer location in order to protect devices from direct attack.

In order to solve these challenges, DNP and Nihon Unisys Group will start to jointly develop an authentication system that facilitates the use of Azure IoT Hub in environments that require high security, such as the manufacturing industry, and financial institutions.

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DNP will apply the digital security technology accumulated in its smart card business, and develop an SAM that is compliant with Azure IoT Hub. Nihon Unisys Group will be engaged in the development of peripheral systems, such as IoT universal device platform and gateway devices needed in forwarding IoT device data to Azure IoT Hub.

  • It is possible to use Azure IoT Hub, while maintaining high-level security.
  • By safely storing the information necessary for authentication in SAM, it is possible to prevent tampering with the equipment, software or data, as well as identity theft, and as a result, realize high-level information security.

It is planned that these peripheral systems will acquire Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT Program accreditation, the certification program for Azure IoT Hub.

[Looking Ahead]

DNP and Nihon Unisys Group, will fully examine functionality through their marketing activities, and will forge ahead and commercialize these initiatives in spring 2017, aiming for sales of approximately 1.0 billion yen by FY 2018.


Comment from Mr. Hisashi Sato, Senior Director, BG Lead, Cloud & Enterprise Business Group at Microsoft Japan.

We welcome the joint efforts by DNP and Nihon Unisys Group in the development of an authentication system that further improves the security properties of "Azure IoT Hub". Microsoft Azure, with its high security cloud platform and the authentication system developed by the partners that links IoT devices, will provide a safe and secure IoT environment to even more users, and I look forward to seeing them contribute to business innovation at our clients.

1 SAM: A module incorporating an application that maintains security functions for the protection of confidential information, data encryption and authentication on a secure IC chip.
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