Infineon Technologies has announced a leap forward in bringing security to the IoT. The company has launched the Infineon Security Partner Network (ISPN) to make proven semiconductor-based security easily accessible to the growing number of manufacturers of connected devices and systems. The ISPN connects IoT security players with outstanding expertise in specific applications and markets.
The companies provide solutions for applications ranging from professional water filter systems to smart homes and industrial control. The partners cover the value chain from design consultation to systems integration and service management.
“Implementing security to protect sensitive data, connected devices and even intellectual property has never been easier,” said Juergen Spaenkuch, Head of Platform Security, Infineon. “The ISPN brings hardware-based security to new application areas. From home appliances to industrial machines or medical equipment - security will be a crucial factor the more our world is getting connected.”
ISPN partners are security experts selected according to their specific competence. They contribute their know-how and capabilities through use cases as well as reference designs presented in the virtual showroom and deliver solutions for secured devices and systems in different fields of applications. Germany-based WIBU-SYSTEMS AG, IKV from Taiwan and Beijing Broadstar Info Tech from China already joined the network, to name only a few.
“We help manufacturers of intelligent devices and application providers to better understand the threats of today and tomorrow that can undermine their business,” said Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems. “We propose innovative and robust security solutions, and assist in their straightforward implementation; beyond the security aspect, our ultimate goal is to support OEMs in their generation of revenue growth models through flexible license lifecycle management and software entitlement.”
The increasing relevance of this topic is reflected by market research from IDC which predicts that 4 billion connected people, more than 25bn embedded and intelligent systems and 50 trillion GB of exchanged data are expected by 2020. Already today, online devices per 100 inhabitants account to approximately 38% in South Korea, 24% in the United States and 22% in Germany (OECD 2015).
Increased connectivity in the IoT will raise serious privacy, data protection and data security concerns. This is why Infineon and the ISPN in particular strive for developing easy-to-integrate, end-to-end security solutions.