SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Secure Thingz, a domain expert in security for microcontrollers and embedded systems, announced its efforts to build a secure manufacturing solution for the industry-leading STM32 microcontroller family, that provides best-in-class protection of connected, smart devices. The company will demonstrate its secure manufacturing solution at embedded world 2018, from February 27 to March 1, in Nuremberg, Germany, at the STMicroelectronics booth (Hall 4A-138).
Connected devices form the backbone of the Internet of Things (IoT) and play mission-critical roles in infrastructure, industrial, automotive, healthcare and many other markets. Delivering completely secure embedded systems is a major challenge, and device manufacturers must continuously innovate to thwart hackers and prevent attacks and counterfeiting. Creating a complete chain of trust from device inception is essential to protecting identity, personal information, physical assets, and intellectual property.
Under the new secure manufacturing solution, the chain of trust begins with an integrated certificate and secure firmware loader built into ST’s STM32 microcontroller (MCU). On top of this, a custom Secure Boot Manager (SBM) from Secure Thingz may be securely provisioned into the MCUs to provide extensive lifecycle security, including secure provisioning of certificates, secure application loading, secure firmware updates, and enhanced secure application development in partnership with industry-leading tool vendors. The flow also includes an application programming interface (API) from Secure Thingz to be used for authentication and certification. The flow is targeted for the Arm® Cortex®-M-core STM32 family of devices, and it is compliant with the recently announced Platform Security Architecture from Arm, as a major enabler for best-in-class, cost-effective cybersecurity.
“Security is one of the most important considerations to ensure the success of the IoT, and best-in-class security starts at the inception of the device,” said Daniel Colonna, Marketing Director Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics. “To win the confidence of end users – from individual consumers to businesses and government agencies – ST is committed to continuously innovating and building on the existing security features of STM32 microcontrollers and the efforts of Secure Thingz in a smart manufacturing flow adds their competence on the work we’re doing in the STM32 family.”
“Connected devices face a huge range of potential attacks, from IP and data theft, to hacking and counterfeiting,” said Haydn Povey, founder and CTO, Secure Thingz. “As attacks get more malicious and sophisticated, device security needs to be addressed with more innovative and comprehensive solutions. Secure Thingz believes that the best approach is building in security from inception and developing a robust chain of trust across the entire product lifecycle. We are pleased to be partnering with an industry leader like ST on a complete, secure manufacturing flow to help deliver on the promise of the IoT.”
Currently, the Secure Thingz flow is supported on ST’s STM32H7 MCU devices, which integrate multiple hardware-based security features to simplify the protection of embedded applications and global IoT systems against attacks like eavesdropping, spoofing, or man-in-the-middle interception. In addition, secure firmware loading enables OEMs to ensure their products can be programmed safely and securely, even off-site at a contract manufacturer or programming house, inhibiting the intercepting, copying, or tampering of code. When combined with the Secure Thingz SBM, the security capabilities enable the programming and authentication of devices to establish a root-of-trust mechanism required for the device to be securely connected to the end-user’s network and remotely updated over the air (OTA) to apply security patches or feature upgrades throughout the lifetime of the device.
In addition to the ST booth, Secure Thingz will also demonstrate its secure manufacturing solution at embedded world 2018 at the IAR Systems booth (Hall 4-216).
About Secure Thingz
Secure Thingz, Inc. is the domain expert in security, micro-controllers and embedded systems. The company is focused on delivering advanced security solutions into the emerging Industrial Internet of Things, critical infrastructure, automotive and other markets. The Secure Deploy™ architecture has been developed to solve the major security issues challenging the IoT. Our solution ensures a cost-efficient root of trust in low-cost microcontrollers to deliver a core set of critical services through the product lifecycle, alongside secure deployment, production and update infrastructure. Secure Thingz is a founder member and Executive Board member of the Internet of Things Security Foundation (www.iotsecurityfoundation.org), the leading global organization for IoT Security. For more information, visit www.securethingz.com.