New Intel White Paper explores FPGA-based security advantage for IoT and Industry 4.0 applications

A new Intel White Paper titled “FPGA-Based Security Solutions,” written in conjunction with security IP supplier Xiphera, explores the use of hardware-based security for the design of new IoT and Industry 4.0 equipment. According to this new White Paper, “the current software-centric approach to addressing security challenges is not directly applicable for Industry 4.0 and IoT for a number of reasons, including the required lifetime, updateability, power consumption, end product form factor, etc.” Key elements in the attack surface of software-based security solutions include the operating system, device drivers, software-based cryptographic primitives, security holes caused by compiler optimizations, the sheer depth and complexity of the associated software stacks, cache and memory management, key management, and a lack of control over the security algorithms due to reliance on 3rd-party code.

This White Paper explores the use of FPGAs to implement hardware-level security rather than using software, while noting that the military market adopted hardware-based security “long ago.” The White Paper then discusses four key security goals including confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and non-repudiation. After an in-depth introduction to these goals, the White Paper then discusses the means of achieving these goals with IP-based hardware designed specifically for FPGA implementations, which deliver performance benefits as well as other advantages including:

 

  • Algorithm and protocol agility and updateability
  • The option to use hardware security features incorporated into the target FPGA, including encrypted and authenticated configuration, anti-tamper features, partial reconfiguration, and red/black hardware separation through explicit design techniques
  • Tighter control of security algorithm implementation details including key management

 

For more specifics on these security topics and more, click here to download a copy of the free White Paper.

 

 

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Be sure to add the Intel Logic and Power Group to your LinkedIn groups. Steve Leibson is a Senior Content Manager at Intel. He started his career as a system design engineer at HP in the early days of desktop computing, then switched to EDA at Cadnetix, and subsequently became a technical editor for EDN Magazine. He’s served as Editor in Chief of EDN Magazine and Microprocessor Report and was the founding editor of Wind River’s Embedded Developers Journal. He has extensive design and marketing experience in computing, microprocessors, microcontrollers, embedded systems design, design IP, EDA, and programmable logic.