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OPTIGA Trust X Protecting the Internet of Things

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The fact that the devices that are online can be attacked, is an area of concern for all. Hitting right on the nail, Infineon Technologies AG is adding the OPTIGA Trust X to its OPTIGA Trust family. This hardware-based security solution Trust X, provides robust security to the diverse applications in the Internet of Things (IoT), ranging from smart homes, smart offices to drones.

“In the Internet of Things, we must think about security from the very beginning,” says Thomas Rosteck, Division President Chip Card & Security at Infineon. “Hardware-based security provides the necessary protection against attackers, as critical data can be separated from operations. Thanks to OPTIGA Trust X, we make it easy for manufacturers to integrate robust security into their IoT devices.”

The security solution covers a broad range of applications: mutual authentication, secured communication, data storage protection, assignment of keys, lifecycle management, power management, secured updates and integrity protection for the platform.

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The OPTIGA Trust X can be used in extreme temperatures from extended range from -40°C to +105°C. It is therefore also suitable for deployment in harsh industrial environments. Device manufacturers save time and costs thanks to the plug-and-play concept enabling even companies without specialist know-how in the field of security.

The company shared that the developers of intelligent streetlights at eluminocity also rely on OPTIGA Trust X from Infineon. They use it to protect the streetlights against unauthorized access – from the cloud down to device level. It’s already being used at the Hong Kong Science Park, where it offers flexible street lighting, a charging station for electric cars, and air measurement sensors.

Next use case shared by the company was that of the “Digital Product School” where UnternehmerTUM, employees from Infineon, Nokia and TÜV SÜD have together with students jointly developed the first drone with hardware-based security. Its aim is to provide emergency services with reliable information before they arrive. Here too, sensitive data must be protected, the control unit must be authenticated reliably and attacks be repelled.

The developers are using the OPTIGA Trust X to deliver efficient protection against attackers and serves as a trust anchor.

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