RISC-V International And GlobalPlatform Sign MoU To Improve Security Design of IoT Devices

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  • GlobalPlatform said that in 2019, it reported a 50 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of GlobalPlatform-compliant Trusted Execution Environment (TEEs) being shipped
  • Short to mid-term examples are expected to include a focus on application programming interfaces (APIs) for the TEE and microcontroller (MCU) protection profiles

GlobalPlatform and RISC-V International have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate the development of open standards for the hardware design of embedded components in connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). It will include processors embedded with Trusted Execution Environment (TEEs).

Gil Bernabeu, technical director at GlobalPlatform said, “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.”

Information on known hardware vulnerabilities

GlobalPlatform said that in 2019, it reported a 50 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of GlobalPlatform-compliant TEEs being shipped. It added that aligning specifications and exchanging information on known hardware vulnerabilities and the required functionalities to overcome them, will allow GlobalPlatform and RISC-V to update each organisation’s respective technical documents and frameworks.

This will help to address the evolving security needs of the IoT ecosystem. They further added that short to mid-term examples are expected to include a focus on application programming interfaces (APIs) for the TEE and microcontroller (MCU) protection profiles and the appropriate security extensions.

Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International said, “A key objective of RISC-V is to bring the industry together and enable a new era of collaborative, open source hardware development. 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.”

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