Concept: Israeli startup OneLayer has launched a cybersecurity platform that secures IoT devices on private cellular networks using an identity-based approach. The platform integrates existing security tools with its authorization, authentication, and accounting software and extends its capabilities to the cellular domain rather than using IP (Internet Protocol) and NAC (Network access control) protocols.

Nature of Disruption: Each IoT device is given an identity by OneLayer, which follows it across Wi-Fi and cellular network connections. The security policy is then enforced based on the device’s identity. The platform has a cloud-based design and can secure private 5G or LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks. Anomaly detection, network segmentation, micro-segmentation, and visibility services such as deep packet inspection are among OneLayer’s security capabilities. All connected devices are visible in live time, including device type, inter-network identity matching, vulnerabilities, location, and activity. It makes use of device identification to enforce corporate NAC policies automatically for increased security. The platform detects abnormal device and traffic activity to detect and respond to misconfiguration and malicious activities promptly. It provides zero-trust authentication while allowing new devices to be admitted and connected automatically.

Outlook: Although private LTE/5G could be more secure, many existing security solutions are unable to completely safeguard the network, making it exposed to cyberattacks. With its IoT security toolset implemented in a cellular environment, OneLayer addresses this issue. It provides a LAN-like interface for managing private 5G networks. OneLayer is currently focused on the manufacturing and healthcare verticals, with plans to expand to all IoT use cases in the future. For an upcoming release, the startup is working on endpoint detection and response as well as zero-trust authentication. In March 2022, OneLayer raised $8.2M in seed funding led by Grove Ventures and Viola Ventures. It plans to use the funds to develop its product, expand its reach globally, and cooperate with other tech firms to establish a private LTE and 5G cyber-risk assessment and validation lab.

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