Hardware Security Modules by Utimaco Help US Utility Heavyweight to Lower Costs

M2M security

Utimaco Safeware AG-the first HSM manufacturer with native IPv6 support.

With the latest software release for its CryptoServer LAN appliances, Utimaco Safeware AG is the first manufacturer of Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to also launch native IPv6 support. Thus, Utimaco is paving the way for its customers to standardize their company-wide IT infrastructure to IPv6 and, as a result, is helping them to lower their costs for IT.

According to RIPE NCC, the contingent for outdated IPv4 addresses has been exhausted since September 2012. Since then, the Regional Internet Registry for Europe, responsible for IP addresses, has only been issuing IPv6 addresses. Highly innovative and high-tech companies, which leverage machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, are therefore already using the new IPv6 addresses en masse today. This also includes smart meters, which are in wide use throughout the USA and that employ an own IP address. In fact, the market-leading provider of smart metering solutions puts its trust in Utimaco HSMs-banking on these reliable devices to provide a true chain reaction of security.

Experts are also forecasting growth of smart meters as well as other M2M-capable devices for the European market in the billions up to the year 2015 alone. Due to the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, high-tech companies in this sector are being forced to switch their IT systems to accommodate the new Internet Protocol. To keep the enormously high costs associated with such a comprehensive introduction to an absolute minimum, a high degree of standardization is necessary for the entire IT system. And, indeed, for all devices: for those which communicate through the Internet with IPv6 as well as those which communicate through the corporate network with internally issued IP addresses.

By introducing IPv6 to their IT system, Utimaco’s customers can profit from a significantly higher degree of standardization throughout the company and thus minimize their costs extremely. “We always aim to offer our customers as much flexibility and future viability as possible. Like today. We are helping our customers to standardize their infrastructure by providing the software release SecurityServer 3.10.3, as the first HSM manufacturer to support the IPv6 Internet Protocol. For a seamless switch, our CryptoServer will also communicate at the same time with IPv4,” explains Dieter Bong, Product Manager CryptoServer.

To ideally serve the M2M market, and particularly the smart meter market, the Germany-based HSM provider is planning a huge product launch this fall.
Andreas Philipp, Head of Sales CryptoServer reveals:

“We are on the verge of launching another CryptoServer range designed to accommodate the masses of transactions at the highest security level. We will continue to serve the smart meter sector and more, but now also include card applications for eID or eHealth.”

About Utimaco:
Utimaco Safeware AG, a member of the Sophos Group, has been a global leading provider for data encryption and the related cryptography for 25 years. The division of Hardware Security Modules (HSM) provides a comprehensive product portfolio for security requirements in industrial applications including the only freely-programmable HSM technology. Utimaco HSM develops and produces its CryptoServer product lines exclusively in its German headquarters. Utimaco HSM operates globally through its own sales and service network in Germany and North America and through its international partner network.

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