Future-proof security for the smallest IoT devices

SecureRF Corporation, a leading provider of quantum-resistant security tools for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that its CEO, Louis Parks, will give a talk at the upcoming ST Technology Tour 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. Parks will discuss the challenges associated with providing security for low-resource processors and embedded devices, and will focus on authentication and data protection solutions and examples for STMicroelectronics devices.

Securing the small, resource-constrained processors and wireless sensors deployed in the IoT is a significant security challenge. Low-resource devices do not always possess the computing and memory resources to incorporate contemporary security solutions with acceptable runtimes and resource allocation. Symmetric methods can address basic data needs, but they do not scale for global solutions, and asymmetric methods, such as ECC, only become practical on larger 32- and 64-bit processors. With millions of small processors entering the IoT, many with market lives of 10 years or more, the issue of quantum-resistant security becomes another critical consideration. Parks will review the security options and typical implementation needs for STMicroelectronics gateways and endpoint devices, including sensors, actuators, and embedded processors. He also will cover examples of ultra-low-resource protocols and provide current benchmarks for ARM, RISC-V, and other processor environments against existing commercial solutions.

“IoT security is a growing concern for engineers and consumers alike. Engineers designing with low-resource processors require security solutions for authentication and data protection, but most options overwhelm available memory and power,” said Parks. “We address this issue with fast, ultra-low-energy, public-key tools that secure a variety of ARM-based devices such as STMicroelectronics STM32 microcontrollers.”

SecureRF, a member of STMicroelectronics Partner Program, will also have a tabletop display at the event, where attendees can view demonstrations of the company’s security solutions running on STMicroelectronics MCUs. SecureRF’s solutions, including Ironwood Key Agreement Protocol (Ironwood KAP) and Walnut Digital Signature Algorithm (WalnutDSA), are ideally suited in terms of size, speed, and power for the small processors powering the IoT. Based on Group Theoretic Cryptography methods, SecureRF’s solutions are future-proof, providing critical protection against all known quantum attacks. These methods are at least 60 times faster than ECC and consume up to 140 times less energy.

The free one-day seminar in Toronto, Ontario, is part of the STMicroelectronics Technology Tour 2017. The event will be held at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel on October 18, 2017.


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