Protect Your IoT Designs from Malware

Protect Your IoT Designs from Malware
Rudy Ramos, Mouser Electronics
12/18/2017 08:00 AM EST

Recent malware attacks such as BrickerBot are a call to action to improve security in products designed for the Internet of Things.[…]
* Provide software patches as new vulnerabilities are discovered
* Provide routine automatic software updates
* Designate a point of contact if a security issue occurs
* Implement encryption for updates

The IoT Security Foundation

As reported by Peter Clarke in EETimes, The Internet of Things Security Foundation has just been created. It is a UK-based organization with the backing of over 30 organisations including: Broadcom, Freescale, Imagination Technologies, Inside Secure, Tokyo Electron, Vodafone, uBlox and many other companies and academic institutions. The IoTSF launch formally at an event in London on Sept. 23. Their initial statement:

The economic impact of the Internet of Things will be measured in $trillions.
The number of connected devices will be measured in billions.
The resultant benefits of a connected society are significant, disruptive and transformational.
Yet, along with the opportunity, there are fears and concerns about the security of IoT systems.
The international IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF) has been established as a response to those concerns.

MIAOW and Raven3 at HotChips

HotChips ended this week. As mentioned in the last post on this event:

not only is the Open Source ISA RISC-V there, but so was an Open Hardware GPU, MIAOW (Many-core Integrated Accelerator of Wisconsin):

Rick Merritt of EE Times has written a new articles on both the RISC-V ISA and MIAOW GPU:

RISC-V Raven processor talk at HotChips

HotChips 2015 is happening in Cupertino, California later this month, 23-25th. Today Krste Asanovic posted a message on the RISC-V blog:

RISC-V at HotChips: Analyst Kevin Krewell has posted a HotChips preview at EE Times, which mentions the RISC-V Raven-3 presentation to be made in the last session at HotChips by Yunsup Lee.  UC Berkeley will again be sponsoring a table at HotChips to promote RISC-V, so please drop by if you’ll be there and want to chat about RISC-V uptake.

Hot Chips is a symposium on High Performance Chips, sponsored by the IEEE Technical Committee on Microprocessors and Microcomputers, in cooperation with ACM SIGARCH. The RISC-V presentation is on the “Raven” processor:

Raven: A 28nm RISC-V Vector Processor with Integrated Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converters and Adaptive Clocking
by: Yunsup Lee, Brian Zimmer, Andrew Waterman, Alberto Puggelli, Jaehwa Kwak, Ruzica Jevtic, Ben Keller, Stevo Bailey, Milovan Blagojevic, Pi-Feng Chiu, Henry Cook, Rimas Avizienis, Brian Richards, Elad Alon, Borivoje Nikolic and Krste Asanovic, University of Berkeley

The EE Times blog article, by Kevin Krewell of Tirias Research, gives a good overview of all the vendors presenting at HotChips, focusing on the traditional ones (Intel, ARM, AMD, etc.), and calls RISC-V an “odd duck”. 🙂

The last session on Tuesday is traditionally the main “big” processor session. […] The odd duck in the session is an implementation of UC Berkeley RISC-V Vector Processor. Last year the Berkeley contingent showed off RISC-V instruction set in the break area, but now with a real chip, they made it to inside the auditorium. It’s not too often you see a chip design of this integration and complexity coming from academia. What started as a project to give universities a royalty-free and extendable CPU architecture to build on, has gained traction, especially in India and Asia for development purposes.”

RISC-V and Open Hardware aside, there are many other interesting presentations at Hot Chips 2015, including talks from Intel, ARM, AMD, and others. There are a handful of other Open Hardware/Maker-related talks, eg: Adapteva is talking about their Kickstarted chip, and Univerisity of Wisconson’s MIAOW project, an OpenGL API-compatible GPGPU.