New Industry Products

Secure Microprocessor for IoT, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence

February 16, 2018 by Paul Shepard

WISeKey International Holding Ltd today introduced the Secure Element VaultIC407 (VaultIC407), as part of the VaultIC family of products. VaultIC407 features an outstandingly rich set of Security Protocols and Security Functions tailored to IoT applications.

VaultIC is a Vault in a secure Integrated Circuit. Combined with the Application Microcontroller in the IoT Edge Device, VaultIC407 brings premium security level. WISeKey Secure Elements are dedicated to providing secure storage and usage of sensitive assets.

The firmware running on the WISeKey chips, is built with unique features able to secure storage, cryptographic calculations and digital signatures, and is specifically designed to execute sensitive calculations, without leaking information such as power consumption patterns or electromagnetic emissions to the outside world.

The data is stored deep down within the protected memory of the chips, which are designed with unique capabilities not to allow other software to run on them and are equipped with various hardware sensors and protection mechanisms making them resistant to hardware attacks.

Would these WISeKey Secure Elements have been used for sensitive data storage for the Application Microcontrollers affected by the recent 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' attacks, they would have never been successful.

For more than twenty years, WISeKey has been providing a range of Common Criteria certified tamper resistant microprocessors that can be implemented on IoT devices to provide secure storage and usage of sensitive assets, and to uniquely identify, authenticate and protect devices in the field. These assets can be managed through a Webtrust certified Public Key Infrastructure on premises or as an operated service.

WISeKey Semiconductors has been busy developing the latest VaultIC407 Secure Microprocessor enabling the new secure chip to be deployed in all business areas.  WISeKey IoT has an install base of over 1 billion VaultIC chips in virtually all IoT sectors (smartcards, smart cities, drones, anti-counterfeiting, smart lighting, servers, mobile phones, etc.).

WISeKey is uniquely positioned to be at the edge of IoT as VaultIC semiconductors produce a huge amount of Big Data that, when analyzed with Artificial Intelligence (AI), can help industrial applications to predict the failure of their equipment before it happens.

Imagine an intelligent car with a system processing authenticated data for each of the vehicle's components, being able to detect if/when different parts will require service and to digitally sign all the logs required to prove that service was provided.

This platform can be used in multiple industrial applications, allowing for optimized productivity across industries through predictive maintenance on equipment and machinery, creating truly smart homes with connected appliances, and providing critical communication between devices including self-driving cars and smart homes. The possibilities that IoT brings to the table are endless. WISeKey's technology creates a platform that helps connected devices to become intelligent devices that can learn from attacks, defend themselves, and transfer this intelligence to other devices in the network.

VaultIC407 has been designed to be integrated in large scale IOT projects including security dedicated components (Public Key Infrastructure and Entity Management) that WISeKey can provide. WISeKeyIOT is the name of this end-to-end security solution.

IoT-enabled services and products will generate vast amount of data which when well-analyzed, are very valuable to government organizations, product manufactures, corporations and end-users. This revenue model relies on data trust and on IoT edge devices control.

Users can take advantage of this unique solution in the market by remotely being able to: uniquely identify and control an IOT Edge Device (activation/deactivation/revocation), securely provision (point to point secure update) of the IOT Edge Device credentials and secure messages in motion between Edge Devices and Business Applications.

"We are very proud of this new VaultIC407 IoT Microprocessor. Recent agreements for WISeKey in this IoT sector include partnerships with market leaders such as SAP, CISCO, Microsoft, IBM, Mastercard, SigFox and others to secure IoT devices and the increasing amount of sensitive data exchanged between these devices," said Carlos Moreira, Founder CEO WISeKey.

"The IoT chips produced by WISeKey allow companies to provide users with applications designed to offer increased control over the use of resources, improve efficiency, optimize processing of information, secure autonomous vehicles and connected cars, secure medical wearable devices and improve public safety.

"In the United States, WISeKey's chips secure and authenticate over 50 million routers using unique Secure Certificate based IDs and encryption (SSH) keys.  This technology is also used in closed-circuit TV (CCTV) or DVR devices and satellite antenna equipment," continued Moreira.

"VaultIC407 is materializing the very DNA of our company in the on-going vertical integration of WISeKey's managed PKI systems and Root of Trust with WISeKey Semiconductors. Digital Certificates are the unique identity of IOT Edge Devices and the trusted anchors to an end-to-end secure channel similar to Virtual Private Network between the Edge Device and the Business Application." said Bernard VIAN, WISeKey's Semiconductors General Manager.