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Security module from ST averts smart-grid attacks

Posted: 25 Feb 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics  smart-grid  security module  smart meter 

STMicroelectronics has announced a security module that presents itself as a solution to secure smart-grid gateways, concentrators and smart meters. KERKEY promises to deliver the benefits of a proven hardware foundation that satisfies CC EAL6+ Penetration Testing for smart-card ICs and FIPS-140 Penetration Testing for Multiple-Chip Cryptographic Modules, noted the firm.

Certified to Common Criteria (CC) EAL4+ and AVA-VAN level 5, as well as fulfilling the BSI Protection Profile for smart-grid security modules, KERKEY is claimed to be the first device of its type to support the Java Card operating system (JC2.2).

KERKEY

This allows efficient implementation of cryptographic services using a Java applet, and enhances flexibility to differentiate features at the application level, said the manufacturer. Delivered as a ready-to-use security module, the unit only requires a small amount of final configuration. Samples are available in the QFN32 package with ISO-7816 and I2C interfaces.

- Julien Happich
  EE Times Europe





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