IAR Systems and Secure Thingz Present Embedded Security Compliance Solution for Renesas RX

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

May 28, 2021


IAR Systems and Secure Thingz Present Embedded Security Compliance Solution for Renesas RX

IAR Systems and Secure Thingz presented Compliance Suite for Renesas RX.

The Compliance Suite for Renesas RX is designed to provide developers and organizations with the security development tools, practical guidance, and knowledge needed to build applications that are compliant with security legislation, such as the Consumer IoT Security Standard EN 303 645, UK & Australian 13 Best Practices, and the US Cybersecurity Improvement Act (NISTIR 8259). Compliance Suite is also designed for applications based on the Renesas RX family of microcontrollers (MCUs).

Per the company, many Renesas RX MCUs include the Trusted Secure IP (TSIP) technology, which offers multiple security features. Also, according ot the company, the Renesas RX65N with TSIP was the first general-purpose MCU to achieve Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) Level 3 certification from the Federal Information Processing Standard Publication (FIPS) 140-2 by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This integrated technology can be leveraged through Secure Thingz technology, achieving compliance with key requirements of the EN 303 645 standard.

Compliance Suite for Renesas RX delivers a set of security development tools that are all integrated with the development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench. With the security development tool C-Trust, developers are able to deliver secure, encrypted code. Combined with Preconfigured Security Contexts, which define the configuration of a trusted execution environment, developers are able to ensure they remain in control of system operation today and into the future. The Preconfigured Security Contexts included with Compliance Suite are designed for Renesas RX MCUs. In addition, Compliance Suite for Renesas RX includes practical guidance through a package of courses led by Secure Thingz’ in-house security experts, covering topics such as introduction to embedded security and available tools, and legislation overview, as well as hands-on guides on how to meet security compliance.

With new legislation for IoT security and privacy being introduced globally, compliance according to these regulations can be a challenge for organizations and developers working with embedded applications. The IoT Security Foundation, a non-profit industry association where Secure Thingz is a founding member, has developed an IoT Security Compliance Framework, enabling organizations to implement a self-certification methodology that covers 13 Best Practices for Security and Secure by Design guidelines. The Consumer IoT Security Standard EN 303 645, based on the 13 Best Practices, is regarded as the security benchmark for Consumer IoT. Both the standard and the guidelines contain core security requirements for applications. Compliance Suite from IAR Systems and Secure Thingz enables organizations to build applications with these core requirements included, providing security for existing applications as well as adding security guidelines for new functionality to future proof next-generation embedded applications.

More information is available at www.iar.com/cs-rx

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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