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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

IAR teams with Secure Thingz for IoT security

By Nick Flaherty at www.flaherty.co.uk

Development tool vendor IAR Systems has teamed up with Secure Thingz to provide new technology that simplifies the development of secure, connected devices.

With the rapidly evolving IoT comes an urgent need for new ways of ensuring security across development, production and use of connected products. Manufacturers must find strong and efficient methods to protect their brands as well as prohibit counterfeiting or overproduction, and should integrate these methods as part of their regular workflow. 

To meet these demands, development tools must evolve to encompass security and facilitate the production of secure IoT software. Tools vendors can help by providing ways to simplify the setup of an extended and unified security workflow from development and debugging to manufacturing. This will enable an easy handover from development to mass production, as well as assist implementation of versioning and rollback policies, and simplify certificate and key implementation.

“The connected world, and the challenges that come with it, is driving changes in the way many of our customers are working,” said Stefan Skarin, CEO and President of IAR Systems. ”Our customers are facing critical IoT security concerns, and we want to ease their burden by providing new solutions for developing with security. The joint efforts by IAR Systems and Secure Thingz are focused on making it easier to integrate security solutions in a day-to-day workflow that can be extended to cover also aspects of security that is currently hard to fit as part of the development stage.”

“To realize the full potential of the IoT, security must be at the foundation. Implementing an effective robust security solution has previously been complex, but Secure Thingz and IAR Systems have been working together on strategies and solutions to simplify security implementations,” says Krishna Anne, President and CEO, Secure Thingz. “Through our collaboration, we are making security solutions more easily accessible and seamlessly integrated into the development workflow.”

The companies’ joint solutions will enable secure device identities and privileges, allowing manufacturers and users alike to establish secure supply chains of trust, from silicon device manufacturing to product deployment and updates. 

In April 2017, IAR Systems took a 10 percent equity stake in Secure Thingz. The investment was made because IAR Systems has a strong belief that Secure Thingz’ solutions can create the necessary security in a world of connected devices and products said Skarin at IAR.

The Secure Thingz Secure Deploy architecture has been developed to solve the major security issues challenging the IoT. It uses 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. 

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