Advanced IoT device security thwarts evolving threats

08-09-2020 | Silicon Laboratories Inc | New Technologies

Silicon Labs has declared that its hardware and software technologies targeting securing IoT devices against growing and evolving threats have gained third-party IoT security certifications from PSA Certified and the ioXt Alliance.

Secure Vault in the company’s new EFR32MG21B multiprotocol wireless SoCs achieved PSA Certified Level 2 certification, which is based on a complete assurance framework co-founded by Arm that supports IoT security standardisation and eliminates security as a barrier to time-to-market. The solution is the first radio to achieve the PSA Certified Level 2 accreditation.

“From tiny low-power sensors to high-performance IoT devices, security must be built in at the chip level to ensure a strong foundation,” said Andy Rose, chief system architect and fellow at Arm. “Silicon Labs understands the importance of this, and by achieving PSA Certified Level 2, their customers can be assured of robust protection against scalable software attacks, enabling secure SoCs for mass market IoT deployment.”

Silicon Labs’ xG22 Thunderboard and EFR32MG21B development kits also gained SmartCert security certification status from the ioXt Alliance. Because the alliance provides for certification inheritance, these Silicon Labs ioXt certifications can be leveraged by any device manufacturer employing the company's xG22 and xG21B to greatly diminish their own device level ioXt certification time and effort.

“Silicon Labs has long been a leader in the IoT space and demonstrated a commitment to device security,” said Brad Ree, chief technology officer at the ioXt Alliance. “Earning the ioXt SmartCert for xG22 Thunderboard represents a deep commitment to security and transparency, which will have a ripple effect through the smart home, smart retail and portable medical device markets.”

“Threats are continuously evolving, and the demands on IoT product developers to keep up can be difficult – particularly in low cost, resource-constrained IoT products,” said Matt Johnson, senior vice president of IoT at Silicon Labs. “Securing IoT products in our connected world is a necessity as customer data, and cloud-based business models are increasingly targeted for costly hacks, and IoT security requirements are quickly becoming law. Silicon Labs is committed to working with the security community, customers, and third-party security experts to deliver state-of-the-art security solutions that help protect connected IoT devices today and tomorrow. We are proud of these important IoT industry certifications, which recognise the hard work and cutting-edge security technology we are incorporating into our portfolio.”

By Natasha Shek