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Common criteria certification for standalone V2X secure element

15th January 2020
Alex Lynn

NXP Semiconductors has announced that its Secure Element for V2X is now Common Criteria certified by the Netherlands Common Criteria Certification Scheme (NSCIB). The designation makes the NXP SXF1800 the first standalone automotive-qualified Secure Element for V2X applications to receive the Common Criteria EAL4+ certification, a prerequisite for participation in a common European V2X system.

The SXF1800 was third party tested to the highest attack level AVA_VAN.5 by Riscure, one of the leading high assurance test laboratories in the world, based in Delft The Netherlands.

Safety is the most important goal of V2X communications, and the security of the V2X system plays a significant role in helping to achieve it. Carmakers need to ensure that messages entering the vehicle via V2X cannot be compromised during transmission and that the authenticity of the sender can be verified.

NXP addresses these security demands by leveraging its heritage in Secure Elements for chip cards and e-passports. The SXF1800, based on a highly secure microcontroller, uses the same security technology that NXP uses to protect mobile payments and to protect ECC private keys from exposure and misuse.

The newly certified SXF1800 gives an assurance to carmakers that the device fulfils the security requirements for being deployed in Europe. The certification, preceded by third party evaluation, simplifies Tier1/OEMs development process by removing one of the biggest hurdles to comply with local regulations.

The NXP SXF1800 Secure Element is already on the roads of Europe as part of Volkswagen and NXP’s effort to Deliver Safety to European Roads with World’s Largest Rollout of Communicating Car Technology.

NXP is also seeking FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Obtaining these dual certifications means that OEMs and Tier-1s could potentially bridge a regulatory gap for their car models in both the United States and Europe with a single V2X Secure Element.

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