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Safeguarding IoT Devices With SESIP And PSA Certified Root Of Trust IP


IoT is everywhere. By the end of 2024, it’s forecasted that there will be a staggering 207 billion IoT devices in the world, that’s 25 each for every human being on Earth. The connectivity of IoT devices brings great value for consumers and businesses alike, but with great connectivity comes greater vulnerability to a wide variety of malicious attacks from cyber criminals. IoT devices ar... » read more

Side-Channel Attack Protection For Quantum Safe Cryptography


A recent Reuters Special Report discussed the race between the US and China to protect digital assets and communications from the potential threat posed by quantum computers. Cryptographically relevant quantum computers, those that are powerful enough to crack existing public key-based encryption methods, could compromise military, economic, and personal information across the globe. While the ... » read more

Getting Ready For The Quantum Computing Era: Thoughts On Hybrid Cryptography


Once quantum computers, more specifically Cryptographically Relevant Quantum Computers (CRQCs), have become powerful and reliable enough, they will enable adversaries to break current asymmetric encryption, placing important data and assets at risk. New digital signatures and key encapsulation mechanisms (KEMs) are needed, and while considerable progress has been made in recent years to develop... » read more

Securing AI/ML Training And Inference Workloads


AI/ML can be thought about in two distinct and essential functions: training and inference. Both are vulnerable to different types of security attacks and this blog will look at some of the ways in which hardware-level security can protect sensitive data and devices across the different AI workflows and pipelines. The security challenges encountered with AI/ML workloads can be addressed by i... » read more

Draft Standards For Quantum Safe Cryptography Are Here


The world of security is constantly evolving, and in the few short weeks that have passed since my last blog on What It Takes To Make An SoC Design Quantum Safe, there have been some new and exciting developments in the world of quantum safe cryptography. On August 24th, 2023, NIST published the first three draft standards for general-purpose Quantum Safe Cryptography (also known as Post-Quantu... » read more

What It Takes To Make An SoC Design Quantum Safe


When it comes to quantum computing attacks, the first question people ask is “will my design be impacted?” In the majority of cases, the answer is yes. For any device that cannot function with manually programmed symmetric keys, which is most devices, you must plan to make upgrades. The good news is that your architecture is not impacted. Secure domains remain secure domains and keys can be... » read more

Post-Quantum Cryptography: The Algorithms That Will Protect Data In The Quantum Era


There is no doubt that quantum computers will play a significant role in helping the world solve complex challenges not possible on current classical computers. However, quantum computers also pose a serious security threat. They will eventually become powerful enough to break traditional asymmetric cryptographic methods, that is, some of the most common security protocols used to protect sensi... » read more

Automotive Security: Meeting The Growing Challenges With Certified Hardware Security Module IP


Automotive systems, and the semiconductors used within them, are some of the most complex electronics seen today. The radical transformation from an isolated mechanical car to a connected software-driven car is driving the increased use of semiconductors in vehicles: these include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), electrification, and enhanced driver/passenger experience. More conne... » read more

Selecting The Right Root Of Trust For Your Application And Architecture


A Root of Trust is defined as the security foundation for a semiconductor or electronic system. Any secure function performed by the device or system relies in whole or in part on this Root of Trust. Based in hardware, the Root of Trust handles the cryptographic functions, stores and manages cryptographic keys, and is typically part of the secure boot process providing the foundation for the so... » read more

Securing IoT Devices With Lightweight Cryptography


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced the selection of a new family of cryptographic algorithms called ASCON, which have been developed for lightweight cryptography applications. In this blog, we will explore what lightweight cryptography is and why it is worth considering for specific Internet of Things (IoT) use cases. In summary, lightweight cryptogr... » read more

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