Variscite enables OTA updates enhancing both IoT and edge security

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Variscite, a System-on-Module designer and manufacturer, has announced that it has enhanced security options for IoT and edge devices built with Variscite SoMs.

Integrations with Variscite and leading third-party providers will enable advanced over-the-air (OTA) software updates on edge devices based on its SoMs, including its i.MX 8M series and i.MX 6UL, both of which are used frequently in IoT devices.

Variscite is offering device developers a growing array of security solutions from partners including Sequitur Labs,, JFrog (formerly Upswift), and Mender. These providers offer secure OTA updates on Variscite-equipped devices, plus extensive complimentary features like software versions management, large-scale device fleets management, key and certificate management and secure boot.

As smart/connected devices proliferate, so security vulnerabilities such as data and IP breaches, cyberattacks and malware, unstable connectivity, and even "eavesdropping" in consumers’ private areas are becoming mor apparent.

Regular updates and patches are key to their protection, which must be done remotely due to the number and geographic spread of edge devices. With the frequency of updates required, and their sprawl, device manufacturers depend on fast, reliable, robust options.

Update processes are often tailored to the device’s application, for example sensitive medical monitors may require different approaches than rugged industrial robotics, and Variscite’s selection of partners and free software update tools offer options to all industries. OTA updates also mitigate device recalls, and reduce their logistics and costs, as bug fixes may be performed without customers shipping their devices back.

"Variscite is strategically enabling our customers’ access to the most advanced platforms to help build secure devices from the ground up, manage security over their entire lifecycle and ease the process to reduce time to market," said Ofer Austerlitz, VP Business Development and Sales at Variscite. "The days are long gone when a technician can physically update every device with an SD card or USB drive, and OTA updates are no longer a nice-to-have feature, they’re a necessity."