IoT Security a Focus at ARM TechCon Show
Throughout keynote presentations and other conference sessions, the message was that security needs to be a priority when developing for the Internet of things.SANTA CLARA, Calif.—ARM is looking to extend the reach of its chip designs beyond smartphones and tablets and into new growth areas, with the Internet of things being a key one. The company sees the development of tens of billions of connected devices, systems and sensors as a natural fit for its low-power system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs, and has made a strong push into the burgeoning Internet of things (IOT) market over the last couple of years. That has included everything from the development of its mbed IoT platform to partnerships with the likes of IBM and acquisitions to build out its capabilities in the market. At the company's TechCon 2015 show here Nov. 10, CTO Mike Muller unveiled ARM's new Cortex-A35 SoC, which is aimed at low-cost smartphones but also can be used for IoT devices. With a broad array of devices becoming connected, the attack surface for hackers is rapidly increasing, and the issues of security and privacy have been at the forefront of IoT discussions throughout the industry. They also have been a focus at TechCon this week, where there were more than a dozen sessions about security and the IoT. In addition, at the same time he announced the Cortex-A35, Muller also introduced the company's efforts to bring its TrustZone technology that is pervasive in its architectures for mobile systems to IoT devices though the development of its new ARMv8-M architecture. Muller stressed the need for a layered approach to security that starts with the hardware and works its way up through software and communications.
CEO Simon Segars followed that up in his Nov.11 keynote address, talking about security, privacy and the need to develop trust among end users and governments in the use of a myriad of connected devices in use. Otherwise, they risk stalling what he and ARM partners on the TechCon stage said is a significant opportunity for technology innovations, business advancements and improving the lives of the world's population.