Telit Just Made (Future) IoT Devices More Secure
The WL865E4-P module features integrated crypto hardware and power-saving technology that surpasses the Wi-Fi standard's ultra-low-power modes.
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It seems everything is going smart these days: refrigerators, entire factories, shoes, this ball thing that spies on your pets. But you know what else is getting pretty smart? Hackers, especially since this burgeoning IoT boom – which Gartner estimates will reach 20.4 billion connected devices by 2020 – is all-too-often setting people up to have their networks hijacked much in the same way babies lose candy to morally bankrupt people. (Monsters.) Indeed, as this piece from CNET points out, “There's a running joke regarding connected gadgets and the internet of things: ‘The 'S' in IoT stands for security.’”
But companies like Telit are trying to make room for that ‘S.’ Recently unveiled to the world, their WL865E4-P module, a low-power Wi-Fi Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) combo unit based on the Qualcomm QCA4020 system-on-chip (SoC), features integrated crypto hardware, enabling “IoT developers to meet demanding requirements for power consumption, security, performance, size, and reliability,” the company explained in a press release. Designed for high-bandwidth applications, the module is ideal for uses in “health care, video, smart home, and industrial control.”
In the past, IoT developers had to figure out a cost-effective balance between processing load and security features, but according to Telit, with modules like the WL865E4-P, they can essentially have their cake and eat it, too. In fact, this module is so energy efficient, even with all its security bells and whistles – including secured boot, flash encryption, copy protection, HTTPS, and WPA/WPA2 modes – that a single ‘AA’ battery can power the device for years.
As the module’s spec sheet explains, “The WL865E4-P is an ideal solution for organizations with limited Wi-Fi/BLE or RF expertise or for those seeking faster time to market, as it reduces RF design time and removes the burden of testing and certification.”
Now we just need to figure out how to tackle the problem of older devices – you know, the ones manufacturers have moved on from but are still available in stores – which many researchers have shown is another huge (and potentially larger) hurdle for IoT security.
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