Israel's NanoLock joins hands with OPTAGE to bolster IoT security in Japan

New cybersecurity service based on Israeli company's tech seen as heralding major change in Japan's connected devices sector

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IoT and connected edge device protection company NanoLock Security announced Wednesday a commercial collaboration with OPTAGE, a subsidiary of Japan's Kansai Electric Power Company, on a new service offering cyber protection, updating and management of connected devices across the East Asian country.

The service based on NanoLock's protection and management solution is geared toward millions of connected devices in Japan including smart meters, smart locks, routers, and cameras. The Japanese IoT security market is said to be in dire need of a service that can protect the rapidly growing infrastructure of connected devices from rising cybersecurity threats. 

With a technology that can work with all devices regardless of CPU or operating system, NanoLock brings innovative device-level protection and management to OPTAGE's new service, providing device monitoring, alerts and version upgrades, as well as enabling secure over-the-air updates, the Israeli company said. 

OPTAGE provides network solutions and data center services to a wide variety of companies, from enterprises to SOHOs. Its new offering is expected increase the security of IoT and connected devices while reducing operational costs for device makers, OEMs, utilities, and industrial companies across Japan.

"This new service from OPTAGE commences a revolution in IoT security for Japan," says Toshiro Tachibana, Representative Director of OPTAGE. "The Japanese-Israeli collaboration between OPTAGE and NanoLock has created a new embedded security-as-a-service that will improve the way device makers and organizations protect, update, manage, and future-proof their connected devices, and we are thrilled to collaborate with NanoLock on this new approach to IoT security."

"Our collaboration with OPTAGE proves that our solution isn't just for cyber protection; rather the NanoLock solution empowers service providers to create new managed security-as-a-service offerings, enabling them to offer new services and build new revenue streams," said NanoLock CEO Eran Fine. "With the service quality of OPTAGE leveraging the cyber power of NanoLock, this new solution is a 'best service, best security,' one-of-a-kind technology."

"The cooperation between a leading company in the Japanese market and an Israeli technology is an impressive model that we believe in and are active in the background to assist its success," says Yafa Ben-Ari, Israeli Ambassador to Japan. "The need for advanced cyber solutions for the IoT world, such as NanoLock's offering, and the ability of these two companies to bridge the cultural and geographical gaps, is the basis for a successful and impressive cooperation." 
The new service offering from OPTAGE based on NanoLock's solution will be commercially available for products in Japan in Q1 2021, with pilot programs for Japanese customers expected during 2020.

NanoLock says that it provides IoT and connected devices protection against outsider, insider, and supply chain cyberattacks by securing the entire chain of vulnerability, from the device to the cloud. The company is working with major utilities, industrial companies, and large ecosystem partners in Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Singapore, Netherlands, the U.S., and Israel.