IoT News Roundup, Part Two

Kerlink gateways supporting DIGIMONDO's rollout of LoRaWANTM IoT network in Europe ••• MTS selects Ericsson to prepare network for 5G, IoT ••• STMicroelectronics microcontrollers leverage Arm security platform to boost protection for connected smart devices ••• DataArt, Espressif partner to offer complete IoT solutions ••• PrismTech moves DDS solution to open-source ecosystem ••• SURE Universal, Open Connectivity Foundation provide interoperability for connected home ••• Particle program provides organizations with resources and benefits regarding the IoT.
By IOT Journal

PRESS RELEASE:

STMicroelectronics Microcontrollers Leverage Arm Security Platform to Boost Protection for Connected Smart Devices

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leading supplier of Arm-based microcontrollers (MCU) used in Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, welcomes Platform Security Architecture (PSA) from Arm, has announced, as a major enabler for ubiquitous, best-in-class cyber security. ST's STM32H7 high-performing MCUs are designed with the same security concepts as the PSA framework and combine these principles with STM32-family enhanced security features and services.

People and organizations are increasingly dependent on connected electronic devices to manage time, monitor health, handle social interactions, consume or deliver services, maximize productivity, and many other activities. Preventing unauthorized interactions with these devices is essential to protecting identity, personal information, physical assets, and intellectual property. As the IoT grows in scope and pervasiveness, public safety and national security are also at stake. As device manufacturers must always innovate to beat new and inventive hacking exploits, PSA helps them implement state-of-the-art security cost-effectively in small, resource-constrained devices.

"Security is a major priority to ensure the success of the IoT. Winning the confidence of end users -- from individual consumers to businesses and government agencies – is critical to adoption," said Michel Buffa, Microcontroller Division General Manager, STMicroelectronics. "PSA from Arm is making core security capabilities like device identity and over-the-air (OTA) updates more affordable and scalable for small autonomous IoT devices, and we've made it work with the existing security features of STM32 microcontrollers, including on our high-performing STM32H7 series."

ST's STM32H7 MCU devices integrate hardware-based security features including a True Random-Number Generator (TRNG) and advanced cryptographic processor, which will simplify protecting embedded applications and global IoT systems against attacks like eavesdropping, spoofing, or man-in-the-middle interception. In addition, secure firmware loading facilities help OEMs ensure their products can be programmed safely and securely, even off-site at a contract manufacturer or programming house.

To enable secure loading, security keys and software services already on-board the MCU permit OEMs to provide manufacturing partners with already-encrypted firmware, making intercepting, copying, or tampering with the code impossible. This enables programming and authenticating the device to establish the root-of-trust mechanism needed for the device to be connected to the end-user's network and remotely updated over the air (OTA) to apply security patches or feature upgrades throughout the lifetime of the device.

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