Micron Introduces Industry’s First Silicon-Based Security-as a-Service Platform for IoT Edge Devices

Micron® Authenta™ Key Management Service guards IoT devices through cloud-based activation of secure element-like functionality integrated into NOR and NAND flash. Hardware-based security solution provides robust protection of device functionality at the silicon level, regardless of the choice of SoC hardware implementations

Micron Technology, Inc. introduced the industry’s first silicon-based security-as-a-service platform for

protecting internet of things (IoT) edge devices. The new Micron® Authenta™ Key Management

Service (KMS) platform enables a cloud-first deployment model for a broad set of industrial and

automotive applications. It allows installed Authenta-enabled devices to be switched on through

a cloud-based service, mitigating some of the biggest challenges and complexities related to

securing devices in an “everything connected” environment.

The number of connected IoT devices deployed across markets such as automotive, enterprise,

industrial control and connected home is expected to grow from 23 billion in 2019 to 30 billion by

2020.1 Securing these diverse devices remains a concern for system OEMs who want a simple

solution that is cost-effective and independent of their choice of system-on-a-chip (SoC)

hardware. Authenta KMS, along with its hardware root of trust embedded in NAND and NOR

flash devices, equips OEMs to safeguard device functionality at the silicon level.

Current methods adopted by the industry for protecting connected devices have their limitations

and typically center on one of three common practices: adding secure elements, which is costly

and difficult to scale; leveraging secure key injection in the SoC, which creates a fragmented

architecture; or simply doing nothing, which puts devices below market and compliance


“Securing a diverse set of IoT edge devices through the complete product lifecycle — from the

supply chain to in-field management — requires a novel, simple, scalable and cost-effective

approach,” said Amit Gattani, senior director of embedded segment marketing for Micron’s

Embedded Business Unit. “Authenta KMS provides a trusted and unique silicon-to-cloud service

for all “connected things” using Authenta-enabled flash devices.”

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