NVM Memory Requirements for a Secure IoT Ecosystem

Jim Lipman
Sidense Corp


By 2020 there will be 50 billion Internet-connected devices, give or take a few billion, according to Cisco Systems. There are several factors driving the security aspects of the IoT Ecosystem, including unattended edge nodes 24/7, devices in remote locations and devices deployed in mission-critical applications, such as aircraft guidance systems, automobile braking systems and city infrastructure management.

IoT devices need to protect data-at–rest (in memory) and data-in-transit (moving between nodes) from all kinds of physical and network attack threats. This requires a highly secure and reliable way to store encryption keys, device IDs, critical processor code and important sensor and analog trimming and conditioning parameters. This talk will discuss the security threats faced by the rapidly growing IoT and how NVM, antifuse One-Time Programmable (OTP) Memory to be specific, is used as an integral part of an overall multi-level security strategy to protect both data and device IP.