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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).


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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