Intel chooses Check Point Software Technologies for its Pathfinder for RISC-V Platform

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Check Point Software Technologies, a provider of cyber security solutions, has announced a collaboration with Intel in which its Quantum IoT Protect will be made available within Intel’s new platform for IoT device developers - Intel Pathfinder for RISC-V.

Cybersecurity has often been seen as an afterthought in the design process of IoT devices, such as IP cameras, routers, HVAC systems, and medical devices, for example, as they tend to have limited processing power and storage, leaving little room for traditional security software.

IoT devices also tend to run older operating systems that cannot be patched, use weak or default passwords, and are not monitored for security breaches.  Consequently, cybercriminals target these IoT devices as an entry point into a corporate network and, once inside, they can move laterally across the enterprise to gain access to sensitive intellectual property and data that they can exploit through malware and ransomware. 

Miri Ofir, R&D Director at Check Point Software commented: “Cyberattacks are increasing in number and sophistication all the time. It has never been more important for IoT device developers to prioritise cybersecurity, not just to win a competitive edge or comply with emerging regulations but to give their end customers enterprise grade security and peace of mind.”

Intel Pathfinder for RISC-V is a new platform for SoC (system on a chip) architects and system software developers to define new IoT products. By enabling Check Point Quantum IoT Protect within the platform, IoT device manufacturers will be able to integrate state-of-the-art security at the beginning of the product lifecycle.

Check Point Quantum IoT Protect with Nano Agent technology is an embedded runtime protection solution designed to identify and prevent sophisticated attacks in real-time, even zero-day vulnerabilities. The Check Point IoT Nano Agent technology is claimed to secure 100% of the firmware, including third-party components, without impacting the performance of the IoT device.

Vijay Krishnan, General Manager, RISC-V Ventures from Intel, said, “Intel Pathfinder for RISC-V represents our ongoing commitment to accelerate the adoption of RISC-V and catalyse the ecosystem around an open-source and standards-based vision. We wanted to ensure this was done with state-of-the-art security, which is why we are working with Check Point.”