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Sectigo Buys Embedded OEM And IoT Security Vendor Icon Labs

May 09, 2019 / Michael Novinson

Sectigo has purchased Internet of Things security provider Icon Labs to expand its private trust business beyond issuing certificates and get into verifying firmware and hardening devices. The Roseland, N.J.-based web security vendor said the embedded tools offered by West Des Moines, Iowa-based Icon Labs are very compatible with Sectigo's PKI (public key infrastructure) offering, according to Jason Soroko, the company's CTO of IoT. Sectigo had been known as Comodo CA until November 2018. "It's all about solving the tough problems," Soroko said. "IoT security is a big challenge. IoT device vendors need something that allow them to be both secure and economical." Terms of the deal, which closed Friday, were not disclosed. Some of the Icon Labs management team is retiring as part of the acquisition, but the company's core technical team led by co-founder and CTO Alan Grau is moving over to Sectigo.