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Secure Thingz, Data I/O Collaborate to Address Growing IoT Security Market

As secure hardware is expected to form the supporting foundation for greater trust in the IoT, the market for secure elements and secure microcontrollers is anticipated to grow to 4 billion units in the next five years.

SAN JOSE, Calif. and REDMOND, Wash.–Secure Thingz, a domain expert in security, microcontrollers, and embedded systems, and Data I/O Corporation, a global provider of advanced data programming and security provisioning for flash memory, flash-based microcontrollers, secure elements, and authentication ICs, recently announced that their "collaborative, end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) security solution" is in production.

The solution, which features Secure Thingz' Secure Deploy architecture integrated into the Data I/O SentriXTM security provisioning platform, was recently on display at the Data I/O booth at the Embedded World Conference 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany.

By 2022, an estimated 70 percent of the world's 57 billion connected devices will be targeted for the IoT, according to ABI Research. A critical part of the success of the IoT will be based on the ability to trust the devices and ensure that vulnerabilities cannot be leveraged to disrupt IoT systems and weaponize devices for malicious attacks. Most industry experts acknowledge that the best security starts with hardware and the creation of a Root of Trust (RoT) in each device.

"Often times, security is rendered later, and not always successfully. Yet trust must start with the device, in the hardware itself, if it is to be effective," said Michela Menting, digital security research director, ABI Research, in a press release. "Inherently, this starting point is with a Root of Trust, a security primitive capable of performing services such as authentication and attestation, by providing a trusted computing base that holds private keys, product certificates, and secure boot functionality."

According to Menting, there is little doubt that secure hardware will form the supporting foundation for greater trust in the IoT. The varying and diverse use cases will require the availability of different form factors, with secure elements that can offer lightweight, single-task functions, to more resource-intensive, multi-function secure microcontrollers (MCUs) capable of serving numerous different applications. The market for secure elements and secure MCUs is anticipated to grow to 4 billion units in the next five years.

To support this growth, Secure Thingz and Data I/O are working with silicon vendors, OEMs, and other members of the supply ecosystem for easier delivery and implementation through an end-to-end solution that starts with secure elements or secure MCUs and includes secure development, manufacturing, and downstream provisioning.

The end-to-end solution leverages Secure Thingz' Secure Deploy architecture and the Data I/O SentriXTM security provisioning platform.

The Secure Deploy architecture is reported to offer a high-security framework. It ensures simple management of critical intellectual property within the development process, and secures key management targeted for development, manufacturing, and applications ("Root of Trust"), according to Secure Thingz. The architecture is said to integrate seamlessly into the SentriX platform.

The SentriX security provisioning platform is said to enable a cost-effective hardware-based security approach for IoT OEMs and electronics manufacturers of any size and volume. The SentriX platform is installed in distribution at Avnet (Germany), enabling OEMs to secure their devices with no minimal order quantity. The companies first announced their collaboration at Embedded World 2017.

"One year ago, we outlined our vision with Data I/O to help secure billions of connected devices," said Krishna Anne, CEO of Secure Thingz, in the release. "Secure Thingz was created on the premise that the best approach is building in security from inception and developing a robust chain of trust across the entire product lifecycle. We also believe security needs to be a shared responsibility across the supply chain, and our collaboration with Data I/O is proof that, together with the ecosystem, we can provide innovative solutions to better protect our connected world."

"As the Internet-of-Things market grows and attacks become increasingly prevalent, OEMs of all sizes must have a cost-effective and integrated method to enable hardware-based security from product design through manufacturing," said Anthony Ambrose, president and CEO of Data I/O Corporation, in the release. "Data I/O is excited to partner with Secure Thingz on the SentriX security provisioning platform, enabling broad support for secure elements and secure MCUs to democratize security for OEMs of all sizes and volumes."

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