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Silicon Labs launches security service

Silicon Labs has announced Security Services supporting IoT companies with the implementation of Zero Trust security architectures to meet emerging cybersecurity standards and combat growing cyber threats.

These new security offerings are intended to complement Silicon Labs’ Secure Vault technologies with a first-of-its-kind Custom Part Manufacturing Service (CPMS) for wireless SoCs and modules.

CPMS is a secure provisioning service that helps IoT developers customise their connected products with advanced security features to safeguard hardware, software and ecosystems. The new offering also includes software development kit (SDK) support services for up to 10 years, covering an IoT product’s entire lifecycle.

According to Omdia’s Enterprise IoT 2021 Survey, IoT security concerns grew 13% in the past year among executives deploying IoT projects. High-profile breaches and hacks of critical infrastructure and household devices have also raised quality concerns among consumers, with malware IoT attacks increasing by 59% in the first six months of 2021 over the first six months of 2020.

“Developers face a daunting challenge driving innovation in IoT products for homes and industries while securing them against ever evolving threats. Trusted security hardware and software solutions are critical to their success,” said Matt Johnson, president, Silicon Labs. “The days when simple password protection for authentication was sufficient are long gone. Our new Security Services make it easier for developers to implement custom hardware identities and trusted over-the-air security stack updates to reduce the risk of software, hardware and wireless access vulnerabilities.”

The new services – Custom Part Manufacturing Service (CPMS) and Long-Term Software Development Kit (SDK) Support Service (LTSSS) – provide trusted and economical security services to IoT products throughout their lifecycle:

● A web portal for CPMS makes it easier for developers to securely provision Silicon Labs wireless SoCs and modules with Secure Vault technology features such as Secure Boot and Secure Debug, as well as a Secure OTA bootloader, customer specific keys, standard flash programming and custom identities for Zero Trust architectures.

● Silicon Labs Long-Term SDK Support Service also reduces the need for expensive re-testing and re-certification activities due to code changes and ensures select Silicon Labs GSDK releases are maintained and supported for up to 10 years with security patches and bug fixes.

Using Silicon Labs Security Services, IoT companies will be able to protect against security breaches, intellectual property compromises and counterfeiting.

The new services also support global cybersecurity and communication standards, such as the United States executive order mandating the implementation of Zero Trust security architectures as well as Matter and Wi-SUN requirements for secure identities.

Neil Tyler

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