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Insta DefSec approved as CBRS PKI Root of Trust by Wireless Innovation Forum

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) has approved Insta DefSec, a European provider of defense and security solutions, as a CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) Root CA Operator. The approval enables Insta DefSec to act as a PKI Root of Trust in the CBRS ecosystem. Security in CBRS is built upon PKI and digital certificates, providing e.g. device authentication and encryption of communications.

The approval was based on a third party audit, assessing Insta DefSec’s ability to fulfill the requirements defined by WInnForum. “Insta DefSec is proud of the approval by WInnForum as a key security party in the CBRS ecosystem. It indicates that our processes and services comply with the strict security requirements set by WInnForum. Furthermore, it is a proof of our world-leading expertise in the PKI area and capability of providing high-security CA services globally“, says Marko Hautakangas, Vice President, Cyber Security at Insta DefSec.

CBRS employs a multi-tier PKI infrastructure, consisting of Root CAs and Sub CAs, to enable trust relationships between its various communicating parties. WInnForum’s approval will enable Insta DefSec to provide CBRS Root CA services for other CAs in the PKI hierarchy. Role of the CBRS Root CA is to certify Sub CAs from other CA providers, which will then issue end-entity certificates to be embedded in CBRS devices, e.g. smartphones.

“The members of the Wireless Innovation Forum are excited to add Insta DefSec to our list of approved CBRS PKI Root Certificate Authorities”, says Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “These CAs are a critical foundational element of the security services required by the CBRS ecosystem, including authentication, confidentiality, integrity, and non-repudiation.”

About Insta DefSec

Insta DefSec, part of European Insta Group, is a provider of mission-critical defense and security solutions. In the cyber and information security field, we are specialized in PKI (Public Key Infrastructure), key management, network security, SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) and SOC (Security Operations Center) solutions. We develop and deliver solutions to protect our customers' critical resources and to improve their ability to detect and react to cyber threats. Our success is based on the ability to combine the best products and technologies on the market with 30 years of experience and deep expertise in the cyber and information security field. Our products, services and customized solutions are trusted by demanding customers such as companies in the financial, telecom and energy fields, ministries, state administration and military. Our cyber security solutions are used in more than 50 countries around the world. 

About Wireless Innovation Forum

Established in 1996, The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum Version 2.0) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to advocating for spectrum innovation, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications worldwide. Members bring a broad base of experience in Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio(CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies in diverse markets and at all levels of the wireless value chain to address emerging wireless communications requirements. Forum projects are supported by platinum sponsors Google, Motorola Solutions, Leonardo and Thales. 


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