Silex partners Crypto Quantique to secure IoT

  • February 17, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Silex Insight, a Belgian developer of embedded security IP cores, is partnering quantum-driven cyber-security specialist Crypto Quantique to create end-to-end IoT security.

ESecure, Silex Insight’s root-of-trust IP module for systems-on-chip, application specific integrated circuits and field programmable gate arrays, will be offered alongside Crypto Quantique’s QuarkLink universal IoT security platform.

ESecure is scalable and flexible security hardware IP that is compliant with most common industry standards, including Nist. Its features include secure boot, system integrity by ensuring execution of authenticated software, device authentication, cryptographic acceleration, and generation and storage of secure keys and secret information.

Combining eSecure and QuarkLink enables rapid, automated and secure onboarding of IoT end-point devices to cloud-based or in-house servers.

QuarkLink complements eSecure with provisioning secure firmware and cryptographic keys, automated secure onboarding to any platform or multiple platforms simultaneously, and security monitoring comprising firmware encryption, signing and secure updates over the air, and certificate and key renewal and revocation. QuarkLink supports AWS, Microsoft and Mosquito cloud services, with more to follow.

“This partnership means we can make life easier for our customers while ensuring that their IoT deployments are both secure and scalable,” said Pieter Willems, vice president at Silex Insight. “It will help them reduce their time-to-market and cut development costs without ever compromising system security.”

The combination of eSecure and QuarkLink should enable rapid, automated and secure onboarding of IoT end-point devices to cloud-based or in-house servers without involving other parties. With no requirement for security expertise, users will be able to use QuarkLink’s cryptographic APIs to connect thousands of devices safely to services with just a few keystrokes, in the knowledge that their devices and data are protected against attacks.

“Since we recently made QuarkLink available as a standalone product, we have seen a growing demand for it from companies that have established root-of-trust technologies already in place,” said Wayne Godwin, vice president at UK-based Crypto Quantique. “QuarkLink complements eSecure modules perfectly, reducing system complexity while maintaining a secure environment from chip to cloud.”

Crypto Quantique has created a secure end-to-end IoT security platform. At its heart is quantum-driven semiconductor hardware IP, called QDid, that generates multiple, unique, unforgeable cryptographic keys for devices manufactured using standard CMOS processes. The keys do not need to be stored and can be used independently by multiple applications on demand. When combined with cryptographic APIs from the company’s QuarkLink universal IoT security platform, this creates a secure bridge between silicon, device, software and system provider.

The company, which is based in London, was co-founded by CEO Shahram Mossayebi, an expert in cryptosystems, and CTO Patrick Camilleri, a semiconductor designer with experience in complex parallel computer systems.

Silex Insight is an independent supplier of security IP for embedded systems and custom OEM products for AVoIP and video IP codec. The security platforms include flexible crypto engines that are easy to integrate and the eSecure IP module.