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Tosibox: Reinventing the VPN and Extending it to the IoT

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Tosibox has leveraged its hardware engineering expertise to reinvent the virtual private network (VPN).

Its hardware-based solution consists of a simple home router-like device and USB key. Setup is as simple as inserting the key in the box, as the hardware generates a random key pair automatically. At that point, the user simply plugs the key into their laptop, enters a password, and the two pieces of hardware establish a secure network tunnel.

Mobile devices simply need an app, rather than a USB key to establish the VPN. For enterprise applications, a rackmount device at the home office or virtual device in the cloud supports multiple users, as well as Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

In fact, while simplifying the VPN without compromising security is an important benefit in itself, Tosibox’s ability to secure large numbers of IoT endpoints is the real story here. Such devices either plug into a local Tosibox device to establish secure communications, or device vendors can also incorporate Tosibox software directly into their devices.

In the latter configuration, Tosibox secures both the data feeds from the devices as well as establishing a secure control path to each device – an important capability competing IoT platforms generally do not offer.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).