Infineon launches Edge Protect embedded security solution

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Infineon Technologies has launched Edge Protect, an embedded security solution.

The new software solution has four categories of security configurations for customer requirements in IoT applications based on increasing security capabilities. Edge Protect is optimised for Infineon’s PSoC and AIROC family of products and offers preconfigured product-security categories to satisfy regulatory and industry-standard levels.

According to research conducted by Bain & Company, the lack of security is a leading barrier to IoT adoption; more than 70 percent of customers would purchase more IoT devices if security was better addressed.

Infineon’s new Edge Protect features a security software and is aligned with “PSA Certified” – a framework established by Arm in 2018 to unite the IoT and embedded ecosystem under a common security baseline. With Edge Protect, consumer and industrial IoT OEMs will be able to better protect their brand, reduce liability risk, protect their IP, and bring their products to market faster.

“For the IoT to continue to scale, security is no longer optional, and as standards and regulations evolve there is an increased need for security to be built into devices from the ground up,” said David Maidment, Senior Director, Secure Device Ecosystem, Arm. “By aligning its new solution to the PSA Certified framework, Infineon is helping the ecosystem to prioritize security and bring even more secured IoT devices to market.”

Commenting on the announcement Erik Wood, Senior Director of Product Security, Infineon, said, “Edge Protect brings the right levels of security for IoT applications across both the consumer and industrial sectors. It comprises four levels of protection. We look forward to enabling more OEMs to integrate Edge Protect into their IoT devices for enhanced security in the home, office and factory.”

Infineon-defined Edge Protect categories include (but not limited to):

Category 1: CRA/RED/PSA Certified Level 1v2 compliant and requires a root of trust (RoT), secured boot, firmware updates and debug access protection to secure OEM IP

Category 2: Requires Cat 1 features plus Arm® Trust Zone® processing isolation, the TF-M security services stack and sufficient internal memory or a secured, external-flash, serial-memory interface, and PSA Certified Level 2 compliant

Category 3: Requires Cat 2 features plus hardened accelerated crypto operations and fault sensors, plus PSA Certified Level 3 compliant

Category 4: SESIP/PSA Certified Level 3 but includes a hardware-isolated, lockstep redundant, secured enclave at an AVA.VAN.4 security rating for secured boot, key storage, crypto operations and debug access control.

Edge Protect is compatible with Infineon’s latest ModusToolbox 3.1 development platform to provide developers a unique experience for a variety of use cases including consumer IoT, industrial, smart home and other applications.

In addition to the PSoC and AIROC families, ModusToolbox 3.1 is compatible with embedded applications using Infineon products including XMC, EZ-PD and PMG1 microcontrollers.