Nordic nRF9160 SiP Bags PSA Certification for IoT Trusted Security

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The PSA certification allows devices makers to attain the security needed for use cases by way of three levels of security assurance

Fabless semiconductor company Nordic Semiconductor announced that its recently launched nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP) LTE-M/NB-IoT cellular IoT module becomes one of the first products to get PSA Certified Level 1 under a new Internet of Things (IoT) security initiative led by ARM.

The PSA certification gives a comprehensive and simple approach to the security testing. It consists of two elements including a multi-level, security robustness scheme such as levels 1, 2 and 3, and a developer focused application programming interface (API) test suite.

The certification allows devices makers to attain the security needed for use cases by way of three levels of security assurance. Each of the levels need increasingly severe evaluation of hardware and software, which are assigned by assessing the use case threat vectors.

Important independent verification

Commenting on the development, Svein-Egil Nielsen, CTO, Nordic Semiconductor, said, “Nordic’s nRF9160 SiP cellular IoT module was designed from the outset to embrace the highest levels of security and PSA certification is an important independent verification of our commitment to that strategy.”

“While certification further reinforces customers’ confidence that the nRF9160 SiP is well protected, the product will form only one part of the IoT. As a leader in the IoT sector, ARM and its test lab partners are well placed to build confidence in the security of the whole IoT ecosystem through PSA Certified and Nordic Semiconductor is excited to partner with them in this important initiative,” Nielsen added.

Paul Williamson, VP and GM, Emerging Business Group, ARM, said, “In a world of a trillion connected devices trust is essential, and it’s our industry’s responsibility to enable this trust. PSA Certified enables IoT solution developers and device makers to verify their solutions have been designed with a secure foundation, in line with PSA principles.”

“Nordic is providing highly integrated ARM-based cellular IoT solutions and is among the first of our partners to deliver a Level 1 PSA Certified solution with the nRF9160 SiP cellular IoT module,” he added.