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Swissbit rolls out security solutions at it-sa 2021

23rd September 2021
Mick Elliott

Swissbit will use Europe's largest IT security trade fair to present its latest hardware-based security solutions.

Established as the “Home of IT Security”, it-sa 2021will be staged in Nuremberg (October 12-14).

Swissbit will present its entire security portfolio ranges, including upgrades for existing products as well as selected best practices.

With its solutions based on industrial storage media, Swissbit addresses a wide range of applications across the Internet of Things (IoT).

At it-sa, highlights will include solutions for securing sensitive video data, a universal secure boot solution for the Raspberry Pi, and a use case about IP and license protection.

“The increasing networking of devices in the IoT brings with it numerous new security requirements and poses challenges for developers and manufacturers alike,” explains Silvio Muschter, CEO of Swissbit AG. “Our hardware-based security solutions help to reliably protect data and devices, and can be used in a wide range of applications thanks to their modularity and standard interfaces. In addition, they can also be integrated into existing systems or further developed as needed.”

The latest addition to Swissbit’s security solutions is iShield Camera. The microSD card was specially developed for the encryption and access-protection of video recordings and is host-independent, making it compatible with a wide range of camera types.

With its plug & play approach, iShield Camera can be easily integrated into existing systems. This allows manufacturers and users of drones, body cameras or dashcams to add an additional security feature to their models that specifically prevents unauthorised access to recorded data stored in the camera.

Among other things, this can ensure compliance with legal requirements, such as the DSGVO (Datenschutz-Grundverordnung: General Data Protection Regulation). An update for the Raspberry Pi’s Secure Boot solution, which is now also available for the CM3+ and 4 versions will be presented at the show.

The easy-to-implement security solution consists of the ‘Raspberry Edition’ PS-45u-DP microSD card and a software development kit. This enables the effective securing of the Raspberry Pi bootloader, thereby encrypting or write-protecting boot and application code, proprietary know-how and intellectual property.

There are three different methods to implement security policies: by PIN entry, via the PU-50n USB stick as an authentication dongle, or via a NET Policy Server. How secure storage media solutions contribute to the protection of software licenses will be demonstrated by Swissbit in a project with a leading manufacturer in industrial automation.

This company was looking for a way to distribute and roll-out software licenses securely for its new control platform. Swissbit proposed its PS-46 SD memory card, Data Protection Edition.

It functions as a secure license container that uniquely links the relevant license file with the memory card through a two-stage process.

In this way, the license and SD card are firmly linked and protected without losing the benefits of portability.

For machine builders and system integrators, this flexible license protection solution results in a considerable time advantage during roll-out and commissioning. A further highlight at it-sa 2021 will be Swissbit’s certified range of TSEs (Technical Security Equipment) for tamper-proof recording of cash register data. In addition to the solutions for individual devices and networked cash register systems (LAN), Swissbit’s cloud option is now available for even more installation environments. In total, the Cloud TSE supports 26 different operating systems and variants.

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