Hologram Intros Multi-Factor Authentication to Secure IoT Communications

January 9, 2018

By using the Hologram SDK with a Hologram SIM card, users can take advantage of the new security feature that protects IoT devices and communications from unauthorized access. Hologram’s multi-factor authentication helps developers and businesses verify IoT device identity, maintain privacy, and re-issue security keys to restore trust with devices following a security incident or breach.

Already standard for much of the internet, existing multi-factor authentication methods protect user accounts from unauthorized access. They typically require something you know, such as a username/password, in addition to something you have, such as a phone to receive a one-time passcode sent via SMS. Hologram brings that same strong security standard to IoT devices without needing to manually enter a password or one-time code. Available via Hologram SIMs, multi-factor authentication enables key rotation, signing, and message authentication codes, such as Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP), to verify an IoT device's identity and to secure its communications.

“Hologram’s multi-factor authentication adds a much-needed layer of security to IoT devices,” said Ben Forgan, CEO of Hologram. “Right now, IoT security lags behind broader internet security standards resulting in massive botnets and frequent, large-scale hacks of consumer devices. Bringing multi-factor authentication to IoT solves many of the security and trust issues that plague connected products today.”

Common use cases for Hologram Multi-Factor Authentication include:

• Securely communicate with IoT devices and IoT gateways

• Create trust at the time of IoT device manufacturing

• Re-establish trust after a security incident - which reduces the need to recall IoT devices

Hologram’s multi-factor authentication is available in private beta

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