Security and Privacy are critical challenges ahead of the IoT market roll out. A larger acceptance of IoT technologies will come if businesses and consumers trust the IoT ecosystem: trust in the connected devices, trust in the communication, trust in the cloud services.
IoT applications will require trustworthy security, and the growing number of security breaches is now highlighting the limit of security based on software only.
Trust in sensitive applications like banking card or ID was enabled thanks to the hardware-based security solutions , showing an impressive track record of successes for more than 30 years. Hardware based security is therefore gaining momentum for IoT applications as well.
A Secure Element is a separate chip that handles the security functions in the IoT platform; it is resistant to both logical and physical attacks (including side channel attack) and is certifiable.
It is already available in discrete format with small footprint, and in IP format to facilitate even more the integration of security in the value chain.
Thanks to continuous efforts from the digital industry players, a Secure Element can now be easily integrated into the IoT value chain, at affordable cost. It constitutes the root of trust for the IoT eco-system.