Motorola announced today that it has achieved “manufacture certificate authority” status for DOCSIS 3.0 products from CableLabs.
Motorola’s PKI Center, which is located in San Diego, passed an audit process of its digital security certificate generation by CableLabs. By passing CableLabs’ muster, Motorola joined a small pool of companies that are qualified to supply keys and certificates that are secure and interoperable with all of the previous and future iterations of DOCSIS, including 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0.
For example, cable operators who are looking to deploy DOCSIS 3.0 into their networks can use Motorola digital security certificates for use in their Motorola DOCSIS equipment.
“The DOCSIS 3.0 specification itself establishes ways for cable companies to safely buy equipment from multiple vendors to deploy high-speed data services,” said CableLabs President and CEO Richard R. Green. “The audit the certificate authority undertakes is another benchmark standard that we hold DOCSIS certificate suppliers to as additional fail-safe for the cable community. Motorola has further demonstrated its commitment to DOCSIS by participating and successfully fulfilling the requirements of the audit.”
Additional security elements of DOCSIS 3.0 include advanced traffic encryption and new multicast messaging, early authentications, enhanced provisioning, verification, proxy configuration, certificate revocation and future secure software download.
Motorola’s cable modems – along with modems from Ambit, Arris, Cisco and SMC – were certified in May in CableLabs’ Certification Wave 58, and the Motorola BSR 64000 cable modem termination system (CMTS) qualified in the same wave at the bronze level (story here).
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