Avnet Silica gains full ECSO membership

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Avnet Silica has joined ECSO – the European Cyber Security Organisation.

The ECSO seeks to develop a cyber security ecosystem that supports the protection of the European digital single market and the advancement of European digital autonomy. Avnet Silica will play an active role in the on-going development of this important cyber security ecosystem for the European technology industry.

The fast growth of IoT applications and Industry 4.0 has meant that more machines and devices are becoming connected to the internet, which in turn has led to the increasing need for security across a whole host of embedded application markets – from the protection of intellectual property to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of user data.

Avnet Silica has said that becoming a member of ECSO is a key stepping stone in its strategy to support its customers and help them implement effective security in their products. In particular, membership of the organisation will provide the distributor with access to the latest activities within the fields of security standardisation and legislation.

Being part of the Organisation will mean it can also convey issues or key concerns from customers, including small and medium enterprises, thereby "ensuring that their needs are heard within ECSO".

Avnet Silica has already begun its work as a member of one of the organisation’s working groups – Working Group 1 (WG1), which concerns standardisation, certification, labelling and supply chain management. This working group also comprises a number of sub-working-groups (SWGs) covering various fields, including the certification and evaluation of a wide range of devices from simple secure ICs through to complex end-systems, while focusing primarily on the manufacturing and the supply chain for these cyber-secure products.

Other sub-working groups within WG1 will look at the delivery of cyber secure services via telecommunications and IT infrastructures, including cloud services; and the changes to organisational and IT infrastructures that are required to enable a wide market of companies to deliver services in a secure way.

“As our industry progresses ever deeper into the growing possibilities of the IoT, security becomes ever more critical,” said Martin Milter, Technology Specialist Security at Avnet Silica. “Full membership of ECSO will enable us to tailor our efforts in this critical field of cyber security, on one hand enabling us to deliver real expertise to our customers, but also being an information feedback loop for the organisation with our extensive knowhow and market reach, especially in areas such as Industry 4.0, automotive, and in smart city and smart grid applications.”