Is it High Time to Tap into Semiconductor Security?

When pursuing opportunities in the connected world, semiconductor players must have a clear security strategy to thrive in the market.

FREMONT, CA: As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more widely adopted, the number of vulnerable points inside semiconductors themselves has skyrocketed. Ever-increasing roles of security in computations and microprocessors are driving chipmakers to look for ways to safeguard their products during manufacturing. Several approaches are required to stay secure, ranging from secure zones within chips to authentication and secure gateways for communication. With all these, it is becoming clear that establishing semiconductor security is an essential feature in the modern connected world. 

One of the critical strategies to keep in mind is that semiconductor security should be architected so that during a security breach, only the affected chip or device is compromised. The second is that security needs to be layered, with enough firewalls, secure areas, and other features to make it extremely difficult to gain access to important data. This is equivalent to having multi-layer security. Apart from these two, there needs to be a way of reporting when a breach happens so it can be shut down quickly.

When a secure channel needs to be established between the security core of the system on a chip device and the back end, a secure communication protocol needs to be executed by the communicating peers. A process of sharing keys or associated data between entities can really help improve semiconductor security. From a security perspective, semiconductor manufacturing is the ideal point in the product life cycle to enhance security posture.

When pursuing connectivity opportunities, semiconductor companies should focus on deploying tailored security technologies, formulating a sharper value proposition that brings attention to the benefits of security offerings, or outputting secured products and services that allow them to tap into adjacent business areas and integrate new business models.