STMicroelectronics Reveals Advanced Security Module for Smart-Grid Fortification and Reliability
(Thomson Reuters ONE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
Ready-to-use secure element, personalized and certified to leading smart-grid
security standards, combines robust protection with unique flexibility
Geneva, February 19, 2014 - 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) EAL4+ and AVA-VAN level 5, as well as
fulfilling the BSI 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
Samples of ST's KERKEY secure element for smart-grid security modules are
available now, in the QFN32 package with ISO-7816 and I(2)C 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
ST can be found at www.st.com.
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 A framework for electronic security recognized internationally as ISO/IEC
 Passing the AVA-VAN vulnerability assessment at level 5 ensures high
resistance against malicious attacks
 The German Federal Office for Information Security, one of the world's
leading organizations developing smart-grid security standards
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