NXP and S&C Join Forces to Enhance Security of Critical Smart Grid Components
(Transmission & Distribution World Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NXP Semiconductors N.V. and S&C Electric Co. have announced a program
to develop and incorporate advanced integrated circuits that will
provide enhanced security for products used in smart grid
applications. The circuit designs will advance cybersecurity
measures by incorporating secure authentication, reducing the risk
of unauthorized access to smart grid equipment.
Semiconductors provides security integrated circuit solutions.
NXP’s A-series security IC assures component authentication
and encrypted communication between intelligent distribution grid
devices, permitting the grid to be managed at enhanced levels of
security and reliability. The A-series is built on proven
tamper-resistant technology to protect the secret key from physical
and logical attacks. This technology, which is widely used in
identification cards, passports, banking smart cards, and other
high-security applications, uses state-of-the-art Public Key
Infrastructure (PKI) algorithms for safer key management. As a
primary feature, the secret key never leaves the A-series security
IC and is not part of the host software.
“As a pioneer in electric distribution automation, by
working with NXP, S&C is taking an important step to advance
the industry’s communications and control systems to protect
against possible tampering and provide enhanced assurance for the
protection of authentication tokens in field equipment,” says
Rohit Khera, cyber security architect, S&C Electric Company.
“The NXP A-series based Device ID platform is a proven
technology that offers significant advantages to ensure smart grid
solutions are secure.”
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