STMicroelectronics Reveals Advanced Security Module for Smart-Grid
Fortification and Reliability
Ready-to-use secure element, personalized and certified to leading smart-grid
security standards, combines robust protection with unique flexibility
Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics
(NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the
spectrum of electronics applications and a leader in digital security, has
introduced KERKEY(TM): 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^1) EAL4+ and AVA-VAN level 5^2, as well as
fulfilling the BSI^3 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."
Samples of ST's KERKEY secure element for smart-grid security modules are
available now, in the QFN32 package with ISO-7816 and I^2C interfaces.
ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing
solutions. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from
healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and
office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a
positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from
technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.
In 2013, the Company's net revenues were $8.08 billion. Further information on
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1 A framework for electronic security recognized internationally as ISO/IEC
15408:2005 2 Passing the AVA-VAN vulnerability assessment at level 5 ensures
high resistance against malicious attacks 3 The German Federal Office for
Information Security, one of the world's leading organizations developing
smart-grid security standards
Security Module for Smart Grids from STMicroelectronics
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