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ARM Unfolds IoT Security Plan

ARM aims to make mbed a unifying code base for the fragmented Internet of Things, where security is an increasingly key concern.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- ARM acquired Offspark, a Netherlands-based supplier of Transport Layer Security, that will get folded into its mbed operating system for its Cortex-M cores. ARM aims to make mbed, announced in October, a unifying code base for the fragmented Internet of Things, where security is an increasingly key concern.

Offspark's PolarSSL, an implementation of Transport Layer Security (TLS) for embedded systems, "will form the core of the ARM mbed communication security and software cryptography strategy," ARM said in a press release. ARM will give PolarSSL a new name, ARM mbed TLS, and continue to provide it as open source code both as a standalone product and later this year as part of mbed.

ARM will release mbed OS under an Apache 2.0 license which will include mbed TLS, Thread, and other technologies toward the end of 2015. The independent release of mbed TLS 1.3.10, is now available online under GPL and to existing PolarSSL users.

The new software will become part of ARM's so-called Cryptobox technology in mbed OS that enables secure execution and storage. It is expected to be compatible at some level with its existing hardware-backed security solution called TrustZone.

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Based in San Jose, Rick writes news and analysis about the electronics industry and the engineering profession for EE Times. He is the editor of the Android, Internet of Things, Wireless/Networking, and Medical Designlines. He joined EE Times in 1992 as a Hong Kong based ... View Full Bio

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2/10/2015 | 1:10:42 PM
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I would be lying if I said IoT security isn't something for people to worry about. It seems to me that this is a huge issue that needs to be confronted. I'm glad ARM is doing its part on the hardware level, because vulnerabilities on the IoT side of things could really get out of control quite quickly if not properly prepared for. 
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