Micron Introduces Industry’s First Silicon-Based Security-as-a-Service Platform for IoT Edge Devices

SAN FRANCISCO, October 24, 2019 — Micron Insight — Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) today introduced the industry’s first silicon-based security-as-a-service platform for securing IoT edge devices . The new Micron Authenta Key Management Service (KMS) platform provides a cloud-first deployment model for a broad range of applications in the industrial and automotive sectors. It enables installed Authenta-enabled devices to be turned on through cloud services, alleviating the challenges and complexities of securing devices in an “Internet of Everything” environment.

The number of IoT connected devices deployed in areas such as automotive, enterprise, industrial control and connected home is expected to grow from 23 billion in 2019 to 30 billion in 2020. 1 Protecting these disparate devices remains a concern for system OEMs who need a simple, cost-effective, and efficient solution that is independent of their system-on-chip (SoC) hardware of choice. Authenta KMS and its hardware root of trust embedded in NAND and NOR flash devices enable OEMs to protect device functionality at the silicon level.

Current industry approaches to securing connected devices are limited and typically focus on three common practices: adding secure elements, which is costly and difficult to scale; exploiting secure key injection in SoCs, which leads to architectural Fragmentation; or simply doing nothing, with the result that the device does not meet market compliance standards.

“A novel, simple, scalable, and cost-effective approach is required to protect a wide variety of IoT edge devices throughout the product lifecycle, from supply chain to field management,” Micron Embedded Products “Authenta KMS provides a trusted and unique silicon-to-cloud service for all ‘connected devices’ that support Authenta’s flash memory devices,” said Amit Gattani, Division Senior Marketing Director.

Micron’s Authenta KMS complements existing approaches to securing the Internet of Things by supporting the secure element capabilities of Authenta standard flash devices. The Authenta KMS security-as-a-service platform enables the activation and management of installed secure flash devices at the edge through cloud services. Extending from the manufacturing supply chain to on-site installation and management, this capability enables platform hardening and device protection throughout the lifecycle.

“The electronics industry needs to mitigate the growing security concerns of today’s fragmented and fragile IoT supply chains,” said Tom Katsioulas, board member of the GSA Trust Supply Chain Working Group and director of operations at TrustChain, a Siemens-owned Mentor company. “We are excited to see Micron launch Authenta KMS, providing a solid foundation for early provenance and traceability enabled by supply chain and trusted device services.”

Authenta KMS and applicable software development kits are currently live.

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