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Cryptographic Security for Keyless Car Entry Systems – Not Gone in 60 Seconds

Published December 23, 2016 by SecureRF in Hacks, IoT Security, Security, Security Threats

Recent news reports from sources including Insurance Journal, the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the TODAY Show have highlighted a critical security weakness in some cars and trucks equipped with keyless remotes and pushbutton ignitions. As demonstrated in the following TODAY Show video, thieves are using small, handheld devices that wirelessly replicate the signal of car key fobs to unlock and drive away vehicles in […]

5th RISC-V Workshop Points to Growing Interest in the RISC-V Platform

Published December 15, 2016 by SecureRF in IoT Security, News & Events

The 5th RISC-V Workshop held November 29-30 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California points to accelerating interest in the RISC-V open-source instruction set architecture (ISA). The workshop brought together over 350 people from around the world to progress the development and adoption of the RISC-V ISA – a significant increase from the 260 attendees at the 4th Workshop held only five months ago. Participants […]

SecureRF CTO Presents WalnutDSA Asymmetric Signature Scheme at NIST Lightweight Cryptography Workshop 2016

Published December 13, 2016 by SecureRF in Cryptography, Internet of Things, IoT Security

In a presentation at the NIST Lightweight Cryptographic Workshop 2016, Derek Atkins, SecureRF’s Chief Technology Officer, introduced the audience to WalnutDSA, our lightweight, public-key signature scheme for use in low-resource IoT devices. WalnutDSA’s major benefits, Atkins explained, include its quantum resistance and its rapid signature verification, especially in comparison with ECDSA. Atkins took the audience through the mathematical foundations of WalnutDSA, which includes E-multiplication, our […]

Register for the December 15 Webinar on Quantum-Resistant Cryptography for the IoT

Published December 7, 2016 by SecureRF in IoT Security, News & Events, Webinar

2nd webinar in our series – Join us for a technical deep dive of Secure RF’s protocol implementations and performance metrics for low-resource devices. Customer concerns related to IoT security are becoming more prevalent as IoT becomes more mainstream. However, many companies involved in the production of low-resource IoT devices driven by 32-, 16-, and even 8-bit processors are not able to implement contemporary security […]

Lightweight Cryptography for Embedded Systems in the IoT

Published November 29, 2016 by SecureRF in Cryptography, Embedded Systems, Internet of Things

Until a few years ago, the security of embedded systems was seldom a priority for vendors or consumers. Embedded systems were typically not attached to public networks, and tampering with them was arduous and required specialized software skills. The threat level against them was low to non-existent. But now that embedded systems and processors are key components in the Internet of Things, the threat level […]

IoT Security Hacks With a Common Thread

Published November 21, 2016 by SecureRF in Internet of Things, IoT Security, News & Events

Security of the Internet of Things (IoT) has been in the news lately, for all the wrong reasons. In addition to the recent DDoS takedown of Dyn, there were various hacking, ransomware and DDoS attacks that caught the attention of the security community. Let’s take a look at some of them: Philips Hue Hack Could Mean Lights Out Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science […]

SecureRF Offers IoT Embedded Security Development Kit and Demo of Multi-mode Sensor Tag at IDTechEx Show 2016

Published November 15, 2016 by SecureRF in Internet of Things, IoT Security, News & Events

Going to the IDTechEx show, Nov. 16-17 in Santa Clara, CA? Come to booth O33, where SecureRF will present its latest software and hardware solutions for providing identification, authentication, and data protection for your products in the Internet of Things. Free IoT Embedded Security Development Kit Developers looking for quantum-resistant, low-resource cryptography for their IoT products will be able to get our IoT Embedded Security […]

Quantum Computing’s Threat to Current Cryptosystems

Published November 10, 2016 by SecureRF in Cryptography

The computers and communication systems we use today rely on cryptographic systems commonly based on factoring large numbers or finding discrete logarithms. Both these methods are secure because conventional computers lack the sheer computational power needed to break them. For example, a recent factoring for RSA with a long key was RSA-220 (220 decimal digits, or 729 bits), which took an estimated 370 CPU years.  […]

SecureRF Offers its IoT Embedded Security Development Kit for the ARM Cortex-M0/M3 at ARM TechCon 2016

Published October 24, 2016 by SecureRF in Internet of Things, IoT Security

If you’re responsible for developing ARM-based IoT products that require security at very low energy levels, be sure to visit us at booth 216, October 26-27, 2016 during Arm TechCon. We’ll be providing developers with our asymmetric, quantum-resistant Security Development Kit, ideally suited for FPGAs, ASICs, SOCs and other low-resource platforms that use ARM Cortex M0/M3 processors. The kit includes routines to implement our Ironwood […]

Why Dyn Suffered a DDoS Attack and How Consumer IoT Device Security Vulnerabilities can be Addressed

Published October 23, 2016 by SecureRF in Authentication, Internet of Things, IoT Security

Friday’s hack and DDoS attack on Dyn that brought down portions of the Internet within the US should not be much of a surprise to the cyber security community. For years, manufacturers have developed and sold IoT devices like IP Security Cameras or IP-connected DVR solutions that have baked-in login credentials. Often these credentials are installed for developer testing and left in by accident. However, […]

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