With IoT Security a Real Concern, Chipmakers are Stepping Out to Tackle the Challenge

IoT security is a top concern – specifically network security. In other posts on IoT security, we talked about how the adoption of IoT, especially for it to reach mainstream audiences, requires a new level of seriousness towards security. It seems like IoT chipmakers are stepping up to the security challenge.

According to Networkworld.com,

While much of the talk about the Internet of Things today concerns the economic growth and impending social change being fostered by it, IoT investors and enthusiast alike are increasingly turning their attention towards network security. One critical aspect of this security-debate, keeping the microchips which essentially “run” our connected society secure, is getting the much-needed attention it deserves for the first time.

How are chipmakers moving towards more secure IoT devices? Let’s look at a couple examples.

Chipmakers, including Infineon and STMicroelectronics, in the EU are proactively working with their governments to a “Trusted IoT” labeling system for consumer packaging. Whether than re-actively opposing any forced legislation, these companies are helping to define the right level of involvement for government oversight.

Chipmakers are also adding encryption into their chip technology.  For example, engineers at SK Telecom have developed a 5 millimeters square chip that could help secure communications on IOT devices. It works by exploiting quantum shot noise. IN short, this process generates randon numbers used to produce encryption keys.

The challenge among most IoT chipmakers is with adding more robust security features while maintaining an effective cost profile.  Technology like SK Telecom’s seem to fit the low cost requirement. However, as demand for IoT devices continues to increase, security will continue to be a critical factor for adoption and hopefully help drive down the costs.

Also published on Medium.

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