Monthly Archives: November 2015

GCN Article: Making mobile phones the authentication hubs for smart homes

Our NSTIC privacy project was highlighted in an article at GCN by Derek Major.

Tozny serves as the technical lead for the pilot programs and will build the data storage and sharing platform by tackling one of the weakest links in cybersecurity today: the password. Tozny’s solution replaces the username and password with something people use for almost everything: the smartphone, or wearable device.

Tozny is working with IOTAS, …

Article: NIST Testing out passwordless smart home

Mohana Ravindranath over at NextGov wrote a nice piece about our NIST privacy pilots.

Tozny, a subsidiary of tech company Galois, aims to test one system that encrypts user data generated by the “smart home,” and another that would let transit riders use their mobile phones as tickets, Galois principal investigator Isaac Potoczny-Jones said in a blog post outlining more details about the project.

The NIST pilot, …

Tozny CEO interviewed about PKI

Isaac contributed to some technical background for an interesting article at about the use of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

“Humans are terrible at generating and remembering random stuff, and the strong crypto on PKI is virtually impossible to brute force,” said [Tozny CEO] Isaac Potoczny-Jones, research lead, computer security, for Galois, a technology research and development consulting firm with an office in Arlington, Virginia. “On a scale from one to 10, …

FedScoop: NIST IoT project explores how to ditch passwords, maintain privacy

Head on over to FedScoop to read the latest about Tozny.

A project that lets consumers use their mobile-phone bus passes to control smart home systems may set the table for a forthcoming framework from the National Institute for Standards and Technology dedicated to protecting user privacy…


“The idea is to build privacy-preserving personal data stores to allow new ways for user information to be shared across organizational boundaries in a way that the user is in control over how the data shared, …

Portland Business Journal covers Tozny’s NSTIC project

The Portland Business Journal discusses Tozny’s new NSTIC project in an article by Malia Spencer.

“Computer science research and development firm Galois, mobile ticketing firm GlobeSherpa and smart home startup IOTAS are teaming up on a project funded by the federal National Institutes of Standards and Technology.

The effort could lay the groundwork for Internet of Things applications that will be secure and protect privacy. …

How the Federal government is attempting to protect the Internet of Things

Here’s a great article over at NextGov about various efforts the Federal government is involved with to secure the Internet of Things. Tozny CEO Isaac Potoczny-Jones mentioned NIST’s new privacy frameworks in the context of IoT.

Galois is working with NIST on a pilot in which consumers’ information, culled from smart-home services, could be integrated into a “privacy preserving data store,” Potoczny-Jones said.

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IoT security & privacy requires overcoming a legacy of insecurity

Head over to Network Computing to read Isaac’s article about Internet of Things security and privacy work we’re engaged in.

Vendors must adapt a different approach for IoT than was done with the Internet, which was “you are the product, not the customer.” Sticking with this old approach would treat IoT user privacy as second fiddle. Getting privacy right is even more important with IoT than it is with computers because IoT extends beyond a smartphone or laptop screen to end user applications such as Internet-connected baby monitor video cameras, …