Rutronik releases security white paper

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH has produced a comprehensive white paper on security aspects that will help developers, product managers, and buyers to create secure switching and system concepts, thereby also meeting the requirements of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which becomes legally enforceable on May 25, 2018. The white paper is now available to download free of charge from

The comprehensive white paper entitled “Security Aspects – White Paper on How to Make State of the Art Electronic Designs” runs to around 100 pages and addresses key areas that are essential to hardware and software developers, product managers, and buyers when implementing the requirements of the GDPR. These include the relevant articles of the GDPR as well as background knowledge on cryptography, various encryption and wireless technologies, and explanations of phenomena such as silent data corruption. It highlights the dangers posed by social engineering and ultrasonic beaconing. There is also an overview of security features in standard and automotive microcontrollers, tips on selecting the right storage medium, and recommendations on practically all security-related products and solutions: security ICs, microcontrollers, wireless chips and modules, storage media, processors, embedded boards, software solutions, power supplies, fingerprint scanners, solutions for facial and iris recognition as well as secure access systems, including turnstile with RFID scanners, RFID identity cards, and 3D facial recognition systems with Intel RealSense technology.

Those interested in the security white paper can download it free of charge from

“The Rutronik GDPR team of experts is on hand to answer any other questions our customers may have and also provide individual support,” explains Bernd Hantsche, Marketing Director Embedded and Wireless at Rutronik. The team is made up of specialists in storage media, radio communication, embedded boards, embedded systems, security modules, microcontrollers, displays, and sensor technology. They advise customers on secure data transfer, storage, and processing and produce complete GDPR-compliant system concepts. “We are noticing time and again that the GDPR is throwing up a number of questions, which is hardly surprising: The regulation has created some uncertainty and presents developers in particular with complex challenges. Here, an error can soon lead to legal action and considerable penalties. With our comprehensive portfolio and the associated expertise, we can help customers to avoid such scenarios.”

May 25, 2018 – an important date

The GDPR introduces new rules governing the way in which personal data is processed. It becomes legally enforceable on May 25, 2018. Companies will have to implement the data protection rules set out in the regulation by this date or face fines of up to 20 million euros or four per cent of their global turnover.

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