News | January 8, 2018

Hologram Announces Multi-Factor Authentication To Secure IoT Communications


Hologram, the leading software-defined cellular network for IoT, today announced a multi-factor authentication solution for connected devices. By using the Hologram SDK with a Hologram SIM card, users can take advantage of the new security feature that protects IoT devices and communications from unauthorized access. Hologram’s multi-factor authentication helps developers and businesses verify IoT device identity, maintain privacy, and re-issue security keys to restore trust with devices following a security incident or breach.

Already standard for much of the internet, existing multi-factor authentication methods protect user accounts from unauthorized access. They typically require something you know, such as a username/password, in addition to something you have, such as a phone to receive a one-time passcode sent via SMS. Hologram brings that same strong security standard to IoT devices without needing to manually enter a password or one-time code. Available via Hologram SIMs, multi-factor authentication enables key rotation, signing, and message authentication codes, such as Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP), to verify an IoT device's identity and to secure its communications.

“Hologram’s multi-factor authentication adds a much-needed layer of security to IoT devices,” said Ben Forgan, CEO of Hologram. “Right now, IoT security lags behind broader internet security standards resulting in massive botnets and frequent, large-scale hacks of consumer devices. Bringing multi-factor authentication to IoT solves many of the security and trust issues that plague connected products today.”

Common use cases for Hologram Multi-Factor Authentication include:

  • Securely communicate with IoT devices and IoT gateways
  • Create trust at the time of IoT device manufacturing
  • Re-establish trust after a security incident - which reduces the need to recall IoT devices

Hologram’s multi-factor authentication is available in private beta. To get started, simply request more information at


Hologram is building the world’s leading cellular telecommunications network for IoT devices. Hologram also offers a line of low cost, open-source tools for developers; the Nova, a cellular USB modem, the Hologram Dash, and a full set of tools to bring cellular IoT to developers and organizations. Hologram was co-founded in 2013 by Ben Forgan, a serial entrepreneur and former Groupon executive, and Pat Wilbur, a security expert previously at IBM.

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