DigiCert Labs 11-16-2023

DigiCert Labs: Innovating for a Secure Digital Future

Dr. Avesta Hojjati
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PQC, IoT and AI: three tiny acronyms making massive waves in the world of digital security. But those best prepared for the threats and innovations we know are coming aren’t just reading about them—they’re getting their hands dirty to test out the tools and technologies that have the potential to future-proof organizations of every size. 

Enter DigiCert Labs, a division of DigiCert, Inc. committed to pioneering new security technologies to address the evolving threats in our digital world. DigiCert Labs represents the intersection of thought and industry leadership, where innovative ideas in digital security aren’t just talked about—they’re nurtured, developed and put to the test. 

Test-driving post-quantum certificates in the real world

The computational power of quantum computers poses a significant threat to the traditional encryption methods that form the backbone of current cybersecurity protocols. The encryption techniques that have long been considered secure now face potential vulnerabilities, rendering sensitive data and communication at risk of being compromised

Recognizing the urgency of this challenge, DigiCert Labs has taken a proactive stance, actively collaborating with leading industry partners to develop and test advanced post-quantum encryption methods. These new cryptographic techniques are designed to be resilient against the formidable capabilities of quantum computing to ensure the security of future data. This initiative isn’t just about adapting to changes—it's about redefining the standards of data protection for a new era of computing.  

At DigiCert Trust Summit 2023, DigiCert Labs unveiled a free hands-on tool designed to bring post-quantum cryptography (PQC) well within reach: the DigiCert PQC Playground. This innovative platform allows users and customers to issue a variety of post-quantum X.509 certificates using the latest PQC algorithms approved by NIST.  

Spearheading innovations in IoT security

As Internet of Things (IoT) devices weave themselves more and more tightly into the fabric of our daily lives, the importance of their security skyrockets. These devices, which include everything from smart home appliances to connected healthcare systems, offer convenience and efficiency, but they also open up new vulnerabilities in our personal and professional spaces. 

Recognizing this critical need, DigiCert Labs is spearheading innovations in IoT security, integrating advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and pattern recognition technologies to scrutinize and categorize the security measures of IoT devices. This initiative goes beyond traditional security approaches by implementing intelligent systems that can learn, adapt and predict potential threats, staying a step ahead of malicious actors.  

The use of pattern recognition allows for the identification of anomalous behavior, a key indicator of security breaches or weaknesses. This tool allows DigiCert Labs to enhance the security of these devices while working toward preserving user privacy and reinforcing digital trust in IoT technology. 

DigiCert Labs’ aim is to establish a new standard of IoT security that is robust, intelligent and capable of countering the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats, ensuring that the benefits of IoT can be enjoyed without compromising safety and privacy. 

Fortifying the AI security framework

Recognizing the transformative potential of AI, DigiCert Labs is pioneering research that not only enhances AI's capabilities but also fortifies its security framework. This dual approach ensures that, as AI systems become more advanced and integral to various sectors, they're equipped with robust security measures to protect against evolving threats.  

Our team, comprising experts in machine learning, data analytics and cybersecurity, collaborates on projects ranging from developing AI-driven threat detection algorithms to implementing secure AI operational protocols. Through this work, we aim to set new benchmarks in both AI advancement and cybersecurity resilience.  

Working together with academic and industry experts

We know that collaboration is the key to addressing current and future cybersecurity challenges. That’s why DigiCert Labs has teamed up with academic and industry leaders like Microsoft Research, Stanford and the University of Illinois to accelerate advancements in digital security. Our two-pronged approach involves providing grants to universities for specific research and sharing large, anonymized datasets to address real-world use cases.

The first projects include developing advancements in PQC, IoT security and machine learning. Through our own innovations in these areas, and through our collaborative relationship with academic and industry experts, DigiCert Labs serves as a hub of groundbreaking research, fueling innovation and shaping the future of digital security.

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