CableLabs Rebrands Security Spin-Off

CableLabs has rebranded NetworkFX, a spin-off initially focused on device security, to Kyrio as the unit continues to expand into new areas such as wireless roaming and WiFi testing.

CableLabs spun off the NetworkFX subsidiary in 2012 as a for-profit subsidiary that provides device-security services, netting customers such as Shaw Communications and chipmaker Marvell Technology.

Kyrio now bills itself as a provider of “leading edge online data and network technology services” for a range of communications providers, equipment makers, and enterprise customers.

Kyrio’s product focus spans managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) services for cable, broadband, WiFi and “smart grid industry ecosystems;” WiFi roaming services; WiFi testing and engineering; customer lead management for cable, broadband and voice providers (including the Go2Broadband offering).

“The driving strategy of Kyrio is to expand the impact of technologies created at CableLabs, beyond the well proven technology transfer model that’s made CableLabs a successful global cable industry R&D organization,” Mitchell Ashley, president and general manager of Kyrio, explained in this blog post about the rebrand.

As for the new name, he notes that it originates from the Greek word for “lord” or “master,” and represents “the deep technology heritage and skills of the people at Kyrio and our collective industries.”

Kyrio is also going to be active on social media, with a Twitter handle (@kyrioinc); a presence on Linked In, a Facebook page, and an Instagram account.

The newly named entity also comes about amid a bigger shift at CableLabs in which the Colorado-based R&D house will prioritize spending on longer-term innovation projects and drop others. That reorg included a reduction of the CableLabs workforce, but it appears the Kyrio is hiring – it has job post listings for a vice president of managed security services, a customer experience coordinator, and a DevOps engineer.