​Verizon launches security certificate service for IoT

Verizon's managed certificate service aims to secure Internet of things endpoints for enterprises with large deployments underway.

Verizon on Wednesday rolled out a managed certificate security service to authenticate machines and other objects that will be networked together.

The rise of the Internet of things---devices and machines that will be connected---has brought a wave of security tools for the enterprise.

Verizon, like other telecom players, expect to be a key connection point and are looking to broaden their enterprise offerings. Verizon recently said that it had Internet of things and telematics revenue of $585 million in 2014.

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In a nutshell, Verizon's service---a Managed Certificate Services platform---will create digital certificates for large enterprise Internet of things (IoT) deployments. Verizon defines a large IoT deployment as one that connects tens of millions of devices.

Verizon's certificate service authenticates objects and machines in a way that rhymes with two-factor authentication formats. The certificates identify the object and machines and verify them so secure data can be transmitted. The service could be used for multiple industries ranging from retail to utilities to e-government.

According to Verizon, its service will be delivered via a portal with usage-based pricing. The new certificate service is part of Verizon's security lineup.

The portal and service will be immediately available in U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific.