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[February 20, 2014]
United States : STMicroelectronics Reveals Advanced Security Module for Smart-Grid Fortification and Reliability [TendersInfo (India)]
(TendersInfo (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leader in digital security, has introduced KERKEY : an advanced security module that prevents malicious attacks on smart-grid gateways, concentrators, and smart meters. While meeting very high industry-security standards, KERKEY can be personalized to meet individual customer requirements.
In creating KERKEY, ST is building on its successful track record in e-government, transportation, banking, and consumer sectors, with over 1 billion secure elements supplied for numerous embedded-security projects worldwide. Leveraging the robust architecture of ST s secure-processor family, KERKEY delivers 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.
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 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. KERKEY is delivered as a ready-to-use security module that requires only a small amount of final configuration.
Governments and utilities have identified a secure and trusted smart grid as essential for satisfying greater demand for electricity while increasing reliance on greener energy sources such as wind and solar, said Marie-France Florentin, Group Vice President and General Manager of the Secure Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics. KERKEY allows equipment producers to meet the highest security standards cost-effectively using a single chip that offers unparalleled flexibility to customize and differentiate their applications.
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