Cybersecurity risks can be mitigated by considering the strategic role of semiconductor chips that form the core of smart devices.
FREMONT, CA: Electronic devices are today a significant part of everyday lives. The semiconductors within these devices are expected to be highly secure components that safeguard against devices from being exposed to risks. Cybersecurity risks cannot always be attributed to the internet. Rather, the semiconductors also carry some responsibility toward protecting users from security vulnerabilities. By limiting chips from defects, cybersecurity issues can be managed effectively to a great extent.
The popularity of IoT technology is rising rapidly today. With an increase in design complexity, design engineers have been able to improve the functionalities of the IoT devices. The semiconductors that run IoT devices are now sophisticated and are exposed to weaknesses. Chip designers have to take the initiative of ensuring flawlessly engineered semiconductor elements with a focus on security criteria. The incorporation of protective components during chip manufacturing can make the aspect of connectivity between devices and facilities highly secure.
A hardware root of trust is considered to be a reliable way of ensuring robust hardware that fulfills security requirements. Today, there are several ways of establishing the root of trust. As a method of code verification and validation, the root of trust allows the assessment of devices with self-executing tests. Chip providers are experimenting with several mechanisms in the root of trust for incorporating security. Manufacturers can leverage these experiments to build robust security for chips.
Other abilities that can assist manufacturers in securing semiconductors include secure booting and authentications. Secure booting can ensure that devices run codes that are sourced from trusted sources only.Cryptographic code signing practices are useful in facilitating this. Similarly, cryptographic algorithms can help to authenticate connections and data transmissions by using encryption and decryption keys.
The increasing levels of connectivity mandate that IoT devices are secured against threats. The optimization of semiconductor chips is essential from the perspective of security.