Security of IoT Devices: Partnership of RISC-V International and GlobalPlatform

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Security of IoT Devices: Partnership of RISC-V International and GlobalPlatform

GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices and the global non-profit consortium RISC-V International announced that they signed a memorandum of understanding. The collaboration between the two organizations was started to help accelerate the development of open standards for the hardware design of embedded components in connected IoT-devices. This includes processors embedded with Trusted Execution Environment (TEEs), that are currently developing significant growth.

In 2019, GlobalPlatform reported a 50 percent year-on-year increase in the number of GlobalPlatform-compliant TEEs being shipped. Aligning specifications and exchanging information on known hardware vulnerabilities and the required functionalities to overcome them, will enable GlobalPlatform and RISC-V to update technical documents and frameworks to address the evolving security of IoT Devices needs of the IoT ecosystem. Short to mid-term examples are expected to include a focus on application programming interfaces (APIs) for the TEE, as well as micro-controller (MCU) protection profiles and the appropriate security extensions.

A key objective of RISC-V is to bring the industry together and enable a new era of collaborative, open source hardware development,

says Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International.

Bringing the major open source hardware and security standardization organizations together represents a sizable leap forward in enabling secure hardware development. We look forward to working with GlobalPlatform to bring real benefits to the ecosystem.

Gil Bernabeu, Technical Director at GlobalPlatform, adds,

GlobalPlatform has established strong collaborative relationships with key industry partners across the world and we are pleased to count RISC-V among them.

Standardized hardware security provides a trusted platform for innovation. Secure components that deliver multiple security and privacy benefits are increasingly being used for more advanced IoT use cases, like healthtech, connected cars and homes, and Industry 4.0. As the IoT ecosystem expands, we look forward to working with RISC-V to align our technical documents and meet the needs of device makers, enabling innovative, secure solutions to be more quickly and cost effectively brought to market.

Security of IoT Devices: Become a member of GlobalPlatform

RISC-V International was founded to build an open, collaborative community of software and hardware innovators based on the RISC-V instruction set architecture. They direct the future development and drive the adoption of the RISC-V ISA. Members of RISC-V have access to and participate in the development of the RISC-V ISA specification and extensions as well as related hardware and software.
Any company that is Interested in contributing to the future of IoT can become a member of GlobalPlatform by following this link.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: GlobalPlatform

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