Microsoft Acquires CyberX to strengthen Azure’s IIoT

Photo above: CyberX’ CEO Omer Schneider (left) and the CTO Nir Giller

Microsoft announces it is acquiring CyberX from Herzliya, Israel, to help solve IoT security and IoT security monitoring challenges in Mocrosoft’s cloud service, Azure. CyberX will complement the existing Azure IoT security capabilities, and extends to existing devices including those used in industrial IoT, Operational Technology and infrastructure scenarios.

The announcement came four months after CyberX Announces Integration with Microsoft Azure Security Center for IoT. The combination of CyberX’s agentless security platform and Azure Security Center for IoT provides comprehensive IoT device protection and zero trust security for organizations seeking to reduce risk from enterprise IoT threats as well as from industrial IoT, Smart Buildings, Smart Retail, and more.

CyberX provides industrial cybersecurity platform for continuous, non-invasive risk assessment and M2M anomaly detection inside ICS and SCADA systems. The company was founded in 2013 by Omer Schneider and Nir Giller, both veterans of an elite IDF cybersecurity unit charged with securing Israel’s national critical infrastructure. CyberX has successfully deployed its continuous ICS threat monitoring and risk mitigation platform in Global 2000 enterprises across critical infrastructures, including energy & utilities, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, oil & gas, and manufacturing.

In a message to employees in the company’s blog, Omer Schneider and Nir Giller wrote that the move enables a unified IT/OT security. “We’ll be part of the business unit managed by Yuval Eldar, Microsoft GM of IoT Security, and in worldwide sales, we’ll be working with the Cybersecurity Solutions Group (CSG).” CyberX’ platform, XSense, acts as an invisible layer that covers the operational technology network, modeling it as a state machine.

Once plugged in, XSense commences the Collection stage: It performs Deep Packet Inspection and extracts the devices of the network, and the different patterns that are used and operational processes. Than it begins the analysis stage: XSense constructs the network’s State Machine during learning mode and once in operational mode, it knows whenever the Network is in each particular state.

Once a new state is introduced, a classification process takes place. Based on multiple signals that are fed into the XSense algorithm, during the Collection and Analysis stages, XSense determines whether the new state is malicious or operational. Than the a definition of a new state as malicious or operational generates an alert that is delivered in real-time to the network operator.

I.D. Systems to Acquire Pointer Telocation for $140 Million

It is not clear whether this is a merger or an acquisition, but the bottom line is clear: The provider of wireless M2M solutions for managing assets and vehicles, I.D. Systems from New Jersey, is paying $140 million for the Israeli based Pointer Telocation. Pointer provides Wireless solutions and cloud-based software platform for Mobile Resource Management (MRM). Its annual 2018 sales reached $77.8 million, compared to $53 million of I.D. Systems.

The acquisition will be effected through a holding company structure: I.D. Systems and Pointer will each become wholly-owned subsidiaries of the newly-created PowerFleet, Inc., which is expected to be dual listed on Nasdaq and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The transactions will be funded through a combination of a $50 million convertible preferred equity investment by Abry Partners and a $30 million debt financing by Bank Hapoalim (Israel).

The Acquisition expected to close in the Summer of 2019. Following the approval, I.D. Systems CEO, Chris Wolfe, and CFO, Ned Mavrommatis, are to lead the combined company with Pointer CEO, David Mahlab, to serve as CEO International. Pointer CFO, Yaniv Dorani will serve as Deputy to CEO International. “The acquisition combines our product leadership in North America with Pointer’s technology and broad international footprint,” said Wolfe.

Mahlab (photo above) said the deal is about to increase Pointer’s penetration in North America, “as well as expand our share of the global multi-billion-dollar IoT telematics market.” Today Pointer Telocation is engaged in a  technological collaboration with Microsoft Israel, building an AI system for modeling and understanding driver behavior. The system will learn based on the large volume of driver behavior data collected by Pointer historically as well as on an ongoing basis. The analysis will be performed using Microsoft Azure cloud.

Pointer’s goal is to build a predictive system for driver behavior. The system will be able to forecast those drivers which are more likely to be involved in a future road accident in light of the way they drive and their history. It will also be able to indicate which component of their driving needs improving, in order to reduce their risks

NanoLock and Micron Co-developed Flash Security

NanoLock Security and Micron Technology, will be demonstrating a Flash-to-Cloud management solution for security in Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices. The combined solution provides secure updates and protection of IoT devices with Micron’s Authenta Technology embedded in flash memory devices. The combination of NanoLock Security’s platform with Authenta, enable strong Flash-to-Cloud integrity and protection from the production line to field deployment, and after the device’s end of life, while consuming virtually zero computing and power resources.

“This emphasizes the universal need for trusted management with enhanced security in IoT devices,” said Yoni Kahana, VP of customers for NanoLock. “A secure channel between end devices and the cloud, and the ability to seamlessly manage that channel simplifies IoT deployments and simultaneously provides a revenue stream for customers.” The demonstration will take place at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.

At electronica 2018 in Munich, NanoLock and Winbond demonstrated end-to-end security solution to IoT devices such as automotive ECUs/MCUs, cameras, ICS solutions and routers. The OS/CPU agnostic solution guarantees flash-to-cloud integrity and mutual protection during regular operations and firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) updates.

NanoLocks MoT (Management of Things) platform updates, controls and monitors connected devices, while its FOTALock Management platform secures the FOTA (Firmware Over the Air) updates. The company was founded in 2016 by seasoned industry executives. Among them the CEO Eran Fine, previously the Founder and CEO of OREE which was sold to Diogano.  Erez Kreiner¸ co-founder and Senior Cyber Advisor of NanoLock, served as Director of Israel’s National Cyber Security Authority for more than five years. In this role he was was responsible for preventing cyber-attacks on Israel’s critical infrastructures and assets.

Arrow Israel provides Computing Boards equipped with Cellular & GNSS Modules made by Quectel

Sponsored by Arrow

Arrow Israel has announced the expansion of its collaboration with Quectel Wireless Solutions, which provides cellular modules in G5, LTE, LTE-A, LPWA, C-V2X, GSM / GPRS, UMTS / HSPA technologies, smart modules and GNSS modules. Arrow Electronics, in collaboration with Shiratech Solutions, has developed several cards for quick addition of Quectel’s modules to development boards and systems: cards with an Arduino Shield connection or a 96Borads standard connection. In the coming weeks, it will offer some of Shirhatech’s development boards free of charge.

Cellular Modules

Quectel is considered an IoT expert and provides a one-stop-shop service for cellular modules. There are more than 100 million devices in the world that contain at least one Quectel module. The rate doubles every year. The company provides a wide range of 4G modules in CAT1 to CAT20 categories, and in various configurations of MiniPCIE, LGA and M.2. Quectel also launched a series of two 5G families with Qualcomm-based Sub 6G and mmWave processors, that was approved by many communications companies around the world.

GNSS and Smart Modules

Quectel provides a variety of GNSS products, including High Precision Location and Timing, Dead Reckoning solutions, Multi-frequency receivers, Multi-constellation support, Raw Data, and more. It includes also Android and Linux-based modules incorporating various Qualcomm processors, memories (RAM and Flash, Cellular communications, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (BT). The modules come with a software platform that simplifies and shortens development time and reduces the total cost of design.

Service in Israel

Quectel operates a local office that provides direct response and consulting, planning, sales and testing services vis-à-vis communications service providers around the world.

Shiratech development boards with Quectel cellular modules

In the coming weeks, Arrow Israel will provide, free of charge, some of the boards developed by the Israeli Shiratech, which include the modules of Quectel. This includes one of the following boards:

For more information on Quectel’s solutions – and to obtain a development board – contact our Application Engineer Ophir Sizevsky and the ARROW FAE team.