Centurion, South Africa. 18 November 2021. Leading Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider IoT.nxt, together with Vodafone was recognised as the Overall IoT Security Solution of the Year in the 2021 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards.
“Security by design and privacy by design processes are crucial in solving some of the issues faced in the IoT industry. This approach, adopted with Vodafone UK, serves our customers in the best possible manner and secured this award for IoT.nxt and Vodafone”, says Renico Koen, Senior Security Manager at IoT.nxt.
The CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards programme was built to serve as the information security industry’s most comprehensive program that recognises the top companies, products, technical innovation, and people in the cybersecurity industry today. The entry criteria and a corresponding set of assessment tools considered six aspects for each entry – innovation, performance, ease of use, functionality, value, and impact.
Shane Cooper, Acting CEO of IoT.nxt, says this award is of particular significance as security remains a concern for most companies fearing IoT-related breaches to their infrastructures. “Although the adoption of IoT solutions is growing at a fast pace globally, every survey about IoT flags security as a potential inhibiting factor when companies consider introducing IoT are part of their digital transformation journeys,” Cooper says.
He notes that older, less secure devices in manufacturing and industrial environments could be targeted by an intruder if directly exposed to the internet. “At IoT.nxt this problem is solved by our Raptor edge gateway. Legacy and newer technologies can connect to our gateways, which establishes a secured communications link for sharing data with applications in the cloud or within an enterprise network. This makes it possible to utilise less secure devices without having to expose them directly to the internet.”
For the award-winning entry, IoT.nxt and Vodafone elaborated how they married their bespoke end-to-end Commander IoT platform with Vodafone’s secure division of the business in order to build a security focussed IoT platform hosted in-house in secure UK data centres.
By offering a comprehensive range of IoT services on the Commander platform, accompanied with IoT.nxt’s Raptor, Vodafone is now able to help businesses and organisations across all stages of IoT maturity by giving them a single integrated view of their IoT ecosystem through a managed service aimed to help protect them against new and evolving cyber threats.
This combination of Commander and Raptor enables businesses to build any type of IoT solution, for instance, to track assets, predict maintenance, monitor their office/building environment, and manage energy consumption – to name a few.
This year’s program, the fifth time the awards were presented, attracted more than 4,000 nominations from over 20 different countries throughout the world.