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by Hunter Sechrest

OneLayer – IoT


What it is: 

OneLayer secures private LTE and 5G networks for enterprises.

OneLayer aims to be the cybersecurity solution for companies transitioning to private cellular networks that offer enterprises strong connectivity, network reliability and flexible management of their IoT devices across a vast area. 

The product will maximize the benefits of the advanced cellular capabilities, while minimizing the risk of attacks. The platform integrates with the enterprise domain’s existing set-up (source). It can be integrated on-premise or in the cloud. “It aims to give organizations a sense of trust to implement private cellular networks, eliminating the concern for internal expertise on cellular security.”   


Currently, a typical IP network security platform might filter traffic, find IoT devices based on their NAC addresses, and then enforce policies through the NAC. These traditional security practices such as Network Access Control (NAC), as well as firewalls, IDS/NDR, and Asset Management tools, however, do not apply to cellular networks (source). OneLayer works by ID’ing each IoT device to track it across wifi and cellular networks and assigning security policies to each device.

So far, OneLayer is focused mostly on healthcare and manufacturing. Its product offerings include software that can detect anomalous behavior of devices and traffic. OneLayer can also perform microsegmentation and visibility services, meaning real time visibility to all connected devices including device type, location, vulnerabilities, activity, and inter-networks identities matching. It plans to introduce two new features in the next product release: endpoint detection and response, and zero-trust authentication, which automates the authentication to allow new devices to connect. (source).

Who Made It? 

OneLayer was founded in 2021 by Dave Mor, CEO, and Or Turgeman, VP of R&D. Mor previously served as Chief Innovation Technology officer at an Industry 4.0 tech company, Smartech. Prior to Smartech, he led technical analysts and development teams in the cyber and cellular domains of the Israeli Defence Force’s Intelligence Corps. Turgeman also served in the Israeli Defence Force as Head of Software R&D Section, and holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University. 

Funding status: 

The company raised $8.2M of seed funding in a deal led by Grove Ventures and Viola Ventures in March 2022. Avi Shua, Gonen Fink, Nitzan Shapira, Ran Ribenzaft, and Ariel Zeitlin also participated in the round.  

The funds will be used to build its product suite for the desired enterprise-grade security and deploy it for customers internationally and to create a cyber risk assessment and validation lab based on private LTE and 5G technology in collaboration with tier 1 players. 

Why we like it: 

  • There is a growing addressable enterprise market that will need custom-made solutions to ensure the security of their new 5G networks. According to IDC, the demand for private LTE/5G networks will reach $8.3B by 2026 as the adoption and demand increases among enterprises. (source) 
  • Security and the cost of building an internal 5G network administration team are likely two of the largest factors holding back the adoption of enterprise 5G; OneLayer solves both by providing security, and a management system easy enough to relax the need for niche internal expertise. Thus, if OneLayer is successful, it is possible that it will not only ride on the wave of growing 5G adoption, but actually, swell it.  
  • Geopolitical instability triggers higher concern over cybersecurity and information security; “72% of European chief information security officers (CISOs) feel the need to strengthen their cyber resilience as a result of the [Ukrainian] conflict” (source).  

Did you know?  

The amount of data generated by IoT devices is expected to reach 73.1 ZB (zettabytes) by 2025 (source). To put this into perspective, a single zettabyte contains enough high-definition video to play for 36,000 years. Or, put another way, if each brick in the Great Wall of China was a gigabyte, you could build 258 Great Walls of China with one zettabyte. Now multiply that by ~70, and that is how much data IoT devices will have generated in a few years. (source). 


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