Sectigo Acquires Icon Labs, Delivering Industry-First End-to-End IoT Security Platform

Creates Market Differentiation by Combining Embedded Device Security
with Purpose-Built, Third-Party Certificate Issuance and Lifecycle

(formerly Comodo CA), the world’s largest commercial Certificate
Authority (CA) and a leader in web security solutions, has acquired Icon
, a provider of cross-platform security solutions for embedded
OEMs and Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers.

Sectigo’s expanded IoT
Security Platform
will provide device manufacturers, systems
integrators, enterprises using connected IoT, and entire interoperable
ecosystems, with the industry-first ability to use purpose-built IoT
issuance from a trusted third-party CA. The platform will seamlessly
harden device security with embedded tools to protect the integrity of
data in transit and at rest, as well as ensure the integrity of all
executed code by leveraging multi-phase secure boot.

forecasts that the IoT market will grow from an installed
base of about 15 billion devices in 2015 to more than 75 billion in
2025. As the market grows, attacks rise and securing connected devices
across the ecosystem becomes more imperative. SonicWall’s 2019
Cyber Threat Report
found that the number of detected attacks
against IoT devices and networks escalated to 32.7 million in 2018 – a
217 percent increase.

“Icon Labs has been growing and addressing this challenge by securing
the device market for more than two decades. For the first time,
embedded security technology is combined with device authentication and
identity management to provide customers with a complete IoT security
platform that solves many of the challenges presented by the rising
number of threats,” said Bill
, CEO, Sectigo.

Sectigo provides highly scalable and reliable certificate issuance for
connected IoT devices used in many verticals. Sectigo
IoT Manager
, part of the company’s expanded IoT Security Platform,
provides specialized management capability for trust interoperability,
so that connected IoT device vendors, service integrators, or
consortiums can securely build out, scale and manage their device
ecosystems. The technology leverages automation via both open source and
proprietary technologies to ensure secure provisioning and lifecycle

Sectigo IoT Security Platform

With the acquisition of Icon Labs, Sectigo is the first trusted
third-party Certificate Authority to offer end-to-end security for every
connected device from the point of manufacture and throughout the entire
lifecycle. Icon
Labs’ security modules
can be used as point products to meet
specific security requirements or as an integrated foundation for
developing a secure device by securing the device itself rather than
relying on security at the perimeter.

Benefits of the Sectigo
IoT Security Platform

  • Secure Boot – Provides embedded software APIs that ensure
    software integrity from the initial “power on” to application
    execution and enable developers to securely code sign boot loaders,
    microkernals, operating systems, application code, and data. Upon
    system startup, Sectigo verifies the integrity of code and data before
    execution and before permitting installation or updates. Sectigo also
    stores a secure audit log for system boot processing and other
  • Embedded Firewall – Works with Real Time Operating Systems
    (RTOS) and Linux to configure filtering rules and offers deep packet
    inspection for industrial protocols, including CAN bus.
  • TPM Integration – Offers certificate storage integration in
    Trusted Platform Module (TPM) compliant secure elements.
  • Secure Remote Updates and Alerts – Ensures security components
    have not been modified, offers authentication from the OEM, and issues
    alerts if firmware validation fails.
  • On-Premise CA – Expands Sectigo cloud-based CA to also enable
    an on-premise CA, providing role-based user management,
    high-performance issuance on site, and remote device audits. This
    allows signed device manifests to be added during manufacturing, then
    remotely validated.

“By joining Sectigo, Icon Labs is contributing to a powerful advancement
in connected device security. We are securing IoT devices and the
convergence of traditional IT systems and Operational Technology (OT);
that is, the hardware and software that detects or causes changes in
physical processes through direct monitoring and/or control of physical
devices,” said Alan
, Founder of Icon Labs.

“With the addition of Icon Labs, Sectigo ensures overall system
integrity by enabling complete visibility and control over each IoT
device lifecycle and providing embedded technologies to further secure
the integrity of the device, its identity, and its data,” explained Jason
, CTO of IoT, Sectigo. “Now the experts in protecting digital
identities are also the specialists in utilizing and protecting digital
identities in constrained embedded environments found in IoT devices
used in every operational vertical, from automotive to healthcare, and
from industrial control systems to smart cities.”

Icon Labs, which will maintain its own brand as a subsidiary of Sectigo,
is the second company acquired by Sectigo as the company accelerates its
growth and expands into new segments. In August 2018, Sectigo
acquired CodeGuard, Inc.
, a global
leader in website maintenance, backup, and disaster recovery. CodeGuard
has since expanded internationally, achieving more than 45% YoY growth
in 2018.

About Icon Labs

provides cross-platform security solutions for embedded OEMs
and IoT device manufacturers, as well as professional services to assist
customers with production, integration, customization, and development
of unique solutions. Founded in 1992 and based in Iowa, Icon Labs is
privately held, with more than 100 customers
worldwide using the company’s intelligent, secure, networked devices.
Icon Labs products have been deployed in applications including
communication infrastructure equipment, transportation systems,
satellite communications, and industrial control devices.

About Sectigo

(formerly Comodo CA) provides web security products that help customers
protect, monitor, recover, and manage their web presence and connected
devices. As the largest commercial Certificate Authority trusted by
enterprises globally for more than 20 years, and more than 100 million
SSL certificates issued in over 200 countries, Sectigo has the proven
performance and experience to meet the growing needs of securing today’s
digital landscape. For more information, visit


Liza Colburn
Director of Communications
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