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Security capability launched for embedded products

In a move designed to enhanced security, UltraSOC has extended its on chip monitoring and analytics capability to embedded products ranging from embedded IoT devices to enterprise systems.

Called Bare Metal Security, the features are implemented as hardware running underneath the operating system. According to the company, the features are non intrusive and robust, even if the host system’s security measures are compromised. UltraSOC says Bare Metal Security features will typically complement conventional security measures, rather than replace them.

Rupert Baines, UltraSoC’s CEO said: “Our Bare Metal Security tools complement traditional security mechanisms, adding protection against both malicious attacks and against inadvertent malfunctions.”

Bare Metal Security uses UltraSoC monitors to watch for unexpected behaviour, such as suspicious memory accesses or processor activity, at hardware speed. The orthogonal on-chip hardware infrastructure is independent of main system functionality and software, meaning system performance is not impacted. The company notes that it will be very difficult for an attacker to subvert or tamper with the approach. Because Bare Metal Security features also provide visibility of the whole system, it will be difficult to camouflage or hide an attack

Graham Pitcher

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