BLUE BELL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MEN Micro has enhanced data security on its CompactPCI cards by incorporating a keyed locking mechanism that helps protect against unauthorized card access and exchange. The new feature secures the card’s red unlocking button, requiring a key to access the ejector. This gives embedded system designers a way of securing cards in a 19” system that was not available before.
Security – Safe Hardware
The new feature was developed as part of a railway project for entertainment systems on trains to protect against the unauthorized exchange of the computing boards. Recognizing the end users concern over the lack of physically securing the cards within a system, MEN quickly developed this protection mechanism to limit access and removal of stored data.
The Internet of Things and cloud-based server applications has made data security crucial in any electronic system. While the main focus is typically on software development, the hardware also needs to fulfill the qualifications for secure communications and protection against external attacks for a system to be truly safe and reliable.
In addition to the new mechanical interlocking of CompactPCI cards, MEN Micro uses additional methods to achieve better security for the communication and programming of system hardware.
Examples include the use of TPM-enabled (Trusted Platform Module) chips, which facilitate encrypted data storage, and secure booting, a password-protected BIOS for additional anti-tampering protection, as well as security provided by “blacklisting”, i.e. blocking unauthorized applications.
About MEN Micro
“Reliable Embedded Computing for a World in Motion.”
Established in 1998, MEN Micro is the United States subsidiary of MEN Mikro Elektronik with sales, technical support and production. Since the founding of the headquarters in 1982 – and with approximately 300 employees worldwide – MEN has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop and produce standard and custom computing solutions that employ the highest technology levels. The company provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded COTS boards and devices widely used in extreme environmental conditions found in mobile, industrial and safety-critical applications.