Based on its recent analysis of the embedded security technologies market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Mocana Corporation with the 2008 North American Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation of the Year Award. The Award specifically highlights Mocana's Device Security Framework, a holistic approach for securing all aspects of connected devices.
Mocana's approach addresses current and emerging requirements of securing any networked device as we rapidly move towards the 'Internet of things' – a catch phrase to describe a network of intelligent devices connected to the Internet and each other. Mocana believes the 'Internet of things' is the next critical wave of computing. It's impact will far exceed the disruptive impact of the web, affecting all industries including datacom, mobile computing, consumer electronics, healthcare, retail, aerospace and defense, automation and control and automotive.
"The availability of inexpensive and ever shrinking communications chips is driving the growth in embedding data communication capability in consumer electronics, home and industrial devices and other devices traditionally disassociated with networked infrastructure," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Zachariah Thomas. "However, recent thefts of the financial information of millions from weak wireless infrastructure using outdated protocols expose the vulnerability of perimeter security, where once the perimeter is breached, an attacker has the potential to cause a lot of damage before any alarms are raised."
Mocana's Device Security Framework is positioned as a solution to address these challenges. The major components of this extensible framework include a common abstraction layer, a common cryptography library, and efficient security protocol implementations. Additional capabilities will be added in 2008.
The abstraction layer is a major feature that enables portability of Mocana's solution across different chips and operating systems (OS). This software layer has portions devoted to OS and chip integration – a dual approach that enables Mocana to support a new OS within hours of request and also enables the inheritance of existing chips to the new OS and vice versa. The cryptography library's key algorithms are Federal Information Standards (FIPS) validated and the security protocols are open standards based and RFC compliant.
Another key component of the Framework is the Mocana Acceleration Harness. This software module enables the cryptographic operations to be handled separately and efficiently by hardware acceleration processing elements, which are becoming a standard feature in chips these days. These accelerators enable asynchronous processing of complex software such as cryptographic modules independent of the central processing unit (CPU) thus enabling the CPU to process other tasks in parallel. This is particularly important for high performance datacom equipment as well as battery powered devices at the edge of the network.
"Mocana's protocols are open standards based, architected especially for connected devices, are high performance and small footprint," notes Thomas. "The difference in footprint and performance are important factors for memory and process constrained devices such as mobile and portable devices, which will constitute the majority of the devices in the 'Internet of things'."
Mocana's technologies in software execution optimization are protected by intellectual property. The technical attributes of Mocana's Device Security Framework make it an ideal platform to standardize on for any device manufacturer, across their entire product portfolio.
In summary, the key innovation on the part of Mocana is its positioning of a highly optimized and nimble embedded security software suite to take advantage of the challenges posed by existing and emerging communications paradigms. For these achievements, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present Mocana Corporation with the 2008 Technology Innovation of the Year Award in embedded security.
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About Mocana Corporation
Mocana (mocana.com) securely enables Internet-scale applications and services for connected devices. Mocana's industry-leading infrastructure software solutions ensure that wired and wireless devices, networks and services perform and scale with the utmost security – a necessary foundation for a networked society. Customers include Philips, Dell, Cisco, Nortel Networks, Harris, Honeywell, Symbol, Net.com and Radvision, among others.
Mocana was founded in 2002, is privately-held, and headquartered in San Francisco, California.
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