Eseye and Armis have agreed a deal that includes a partnership and a joint solution. It sees the two companies adding enterprise-class security and consistent, reliable cellular (4G/LTE/5G) connectivity.
As organisations deploy increasing numbers of connected devices, there is increased demand for the ubiquitous connectivity the deal targets.
Peter Doggart, Vice President of Business Development at Armis, said: “Together, the Armis and Eseye technologies create an industry-first synergy, delivering a secure and connected ecosystem for mobile devices across industries.
“As the supply chain continues to expand, this partnership lays the ultimate foundation for automation and digital transformation.”
What are Eseye and Armis offering?
Eseye already has deals with over 700 GSMA compliant carriers. Access to those carriers is through its Connectivity Management Platform. What it didn’t have, was a security offering to ensure that devices are protected when they connect.
Armis is filling that gap with its Agentless Device Security Platform. That this is an agentless solution is critical. Few IoT devices are capable of having agent technology installed on them. Additionally, the widescale management and updating of those devices would create a significant challenge.
Using the Armis agentless solution allows for security to be implemented at the network level. Armis provides device discovery, monitoring, and behavioural risk assessments. It allows it to identify any malicious traffic, such as a device that has been taken over as part of a botnet. It can remediate anomalous traffic, ensuring that they do not impact a network.
Nick Earle, CEO of Eseye, said: “Without the capability to install agents on cellular devices, updating the software and operating systems that manage connected devices is extremely difficult, leaving companies vulnerable to increased risk of attack.
“Our new partner, Armis, seamlessly integrates with Eseye, providing device inventory, risk assessment, threat detection, and response to make certain that global cellular connectivity is secure without requiring agents or deploying additional hardware or software.”
Enterprise Times: What does this mean?
This is a good news announcement for both companies. Armis gets to expand the use of its tools and give its partners a wider market to sell into. At the same time, Eseye gains a critical level of security tooling that will make it more attractive to mobile operators. It will also enable Eseye to target large enterprise customers, which will increase revenue and reach. This was something that Earle called out when TELUS invested US$23.6M in Eseye earlier this year.
Enterprises are seeing an explosion of connected IoT and OT devices across their networks. Few of these are owned by IT and are therefore exempt from many of the existing cybersecurity tools in use. Combining Armis and Eseye and their partner networks provides a degree of security that IT departments cannot deliver.