Industry Giants Back Arm IoT Security Framework

British semiconductor giant Arm said it has a solution for securing billions of devices on the Internet of Things:Platform Security Architecture (PSA), a platform that it calls the first common industry framework for building secure connected devices. 

British semiconductor giant Arm said it has a solution for securing billions of devices on the Internet of Things:Platform Security Architecture (PSA), a platform that it calls the first common industry framework for building secure connected devices.

The company announced the new platform on October 23rd. It has attracted the backing of major technology players, including Google, Microsoft, Cisco and more. The company said PSA will be a common platform for securely deploying connected devices: agnostic to operating system and capable of supporting a wide range of the company’s real time operating systems (RTOS) and partner software.

Arm PSA partners
Arm cited support from a slew of tech vendors in announcing PSA

Arm said that it will release new, open source firmware that conforms to the PSA specification in early 2018. The hope is that this spurs development for PSA. The company is initially targeting its Armv8-M systems.

Arm also announced a number of security features designed to harden embedded devices that use its technology. Among them: Arm TrustZone CryptoIsland, security subsystems providing on-die, smartcard-level security for applications that demand process isolation and security. For example in the automotive sector, storage and low power, wide area communications.

Arm has been in a pitched battle with main rival Intel to dominate the market for small, embedded processors and software that will power the Internet of Things. The company said it has shipped 100 billion Arm based chips to date and expects to ship its next 100 billion by 2021.

The company has also made some security focused acquisitions. In July, for example, Arm purchased the firm Simulity for just over $15 million. Simulty makes embedded operating systems and SIM cards for Internet of Things devices.

Read more over at Arm’s web site: Framework for Protecting a Trillion Devices – Arm

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