Silicon Labs’ services include IoT device identity injection certificates, 10-year SDK support

AUSTIN, Texas—Silicon Labs has introduced a new Security Services offering to support IoT companies with the implementation of Zero Trust security architectures. Developed to meet emerging cybersecurity standards and combat the rising tide of threats, the new services complement Silicon Labs’ Secure Vault™ technologies with a first-of-its-kind Custom Part Manufacturing Service (CPMS) for wireless SoCs and modules, Silicon Labs said in a release.

The Custom Part Manufacturing Service is a secure provisioning service that helps IoT developers customize their connected products with advanced security features to safeguard hardware, software, and ecosystems. The new offering also includes software development kit (SDK) support services for up to 10 years, covering an IoT product’s entire lifecycle, the company said.

According to Omdia’s Enterprise IoT 2021 Survey, IoT security concerns grew 13 percent in the past year among executives deploying IoT projects. High-profile breaches and hacks of critical infrastructure and household devices have also raised quality concerns among consumers, with malware IoT attacks increasing by 59 percent in the first six months of 2021 versus the first six months of 2020.

“Developers face a daunting challenge driving innovation in IoT products for homes and industries while securing them against ever evolving threats,” said Silicon Labs President Matt Johnson, in the release. “Trusted security hardware and software solutions are critical to their success.

“The days when simple password protection for authentication was sufficient are long gone,” Johnson continued. “Our new Security Services make it easier for developers to implement custom hardware identities and trusted over-the-air security stack updates to reduce the risk of software, hardware, and wireless access vulnerabilities.”

With Silicon Labs Security Services, IoT companies can protect against security breaches, intellectual property compromises, and counterfeiting. The new services also support global cybersecurity and communication standards, such as the United States executive order mandating the implementation of Zero Trust security architectures, as well as Matter and Wi-SUN requirements for secure identities, according to the release.

 The new services—Custom Part Manufacturing Service (CPMS) and Long-Term Software Development Kit (SDK) Support Service (LTSSS)—are said to provide trusted and economical security services for IoT products throughout their lifecycle.

A web portal for CPMS reportedly makes it easy for developers to securely provision Silicon Labs wireless SoCs and modules with Secure Vault™ technology features. These features include Secure Boot and Secure Debug, as well as a Secure OTA bootloader, customer specific keys, standard flash programming, and custom identities for Zero Trust architectures.

Silicon Labs’ Long-Term SDK Support Service is said to minimize the need for expensive re-testing and re-certification activities due to code changes. It also ensures select Silicon Labs GSDK releases are maintained and supported for up to 10 years with security patches and bug fixes, the company said.

Secure Vault, launched in 2020, is an award-winning suite of state-of-the-art features designed to help connected device manufacturers address escalating and ever-evolving IoT security threats and regulatory pressures. Secure Vault has earned the ioXt Alliance SmartCert certification for its strong IoT security protection. The ioXt Alliance, a global standards body for IoT security, selected PSA Certified as a foundational Root of Trust scheme in its certification program in October 2020. This year, Secure Vault became the world’s first IoT solution to achieve PSA Certified Level 3 status, according to Silicon Labs.

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