Understanding cyber insurance and the IoT

Written by Asaf Ashkenazi for Rambus Denise Johnson of Claims Journal observes that there has been a noticeable jump in spearfishing and ransomware incidents. Concurrently, data security has weakened due to an increase in connected and [...]

Embedded World 2017: Rambus showcases IoT security technology in Qualcomm booth

Embedded World 2017 - Rambus is showcasing its IoT security service and technology in Qualcomm’s booth (3-141) from March 14-16, 2017. The Rambus demo utilizes the security capabilities in Qualcomm chipsets to facilitate secure IoT [...]

Exploiting side-channel attacks with ASLR cache vulnerabilities (AnC)

Researchers from Vrije University in the Netherlands have developed a side-channel attack that neatly bypasses address space layout randomization (ASLR). As the researchers explain, ASLR randomizes the location of an application’s code and data in [...]

Ransomware families spike 752%

Trend Micro has confirmed a 752% increase in ransomware families during 2016, with spam ranked the top infection vector. According to the cyber security company, the availability of open source ransomware and ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) will [...]

Protecting the physical world from the digital realm

Written by Asaf Ashkenazi Industry estimates suggest the global cyber insurance business could reach approximately $20 billion by 2020. Currently, most cyber insurance policies cover damages related to data leaks, such as the inadvertent publication [...]

DDoS attacks over 100 Gbps increase 140%

A recent report published by Akamai confirms a 140% percent year-over-year increase in DDoS attacks greater than 100 Gbps. The report also notes that 7 of the 12 Q4 2016 “mega attacks” with traffic greater [...]

The challenge of securing connected vehicles

Jeff Dorsch of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that connected cars and the Internet of Things (IoT) go hand in hand. Nevertheless, says Dorsch, realizing the future of autonomous vehicles will demand close attention be paid [...]

Protecting local government offices from ransomware

Last week, cyber criminals targeted computer systems operated by the government of Licking County, Ohio with a virus and an accompanying financial demand that has been labelled ransomware. Ransomware is typically used to lock systems [...]

Paul Kocher moderates Cryptographers’ Panel at RSA 2017

Paul Kocher, the President and Chief Scientist of Rambus’ Cryptography Research division, moderated the RSA Cryptographers’ Panel on February 14, 2017. Participants, including Adi Shamir, Whitfield Diffie, Susan Landau and Ronald Rivest, discussed the latest [...]

Rambus and FASTR accelerate automotive security

Rambus has joined the Future of Automotive Security Technology Research (FASTR) consortium. Formerly known as the “Automotive Security Review Board,” FASTR was founded by Aeris, Intel Security and Uber in 2016. “FASTR is a valuable [...]

Juniper Research says cybersecurity is at a “boiling point”

Analysts at Juniper Research say the number of connected IoT (Internet of Things) devices, sensors and actuators will exceed 46 billion by 2021. As the analysts note, the 200% increase (from 2016) is expected to [...]

Securing chips for the IoT

Jeff Dorsch of Semiconductor Engineering notes that chips and modules going into Internet of Things (IoT) node devices “must have” cybersecurity features designed and built into them. “Multiple vendors are responding with products meant to keep [...]

Minimizing IoT DDoS attacks: Rambus Showcases IoT Security Demo with Qualcomm Technologies at CES 2017

Last week, Rambus showcased its IoT security service and technology in the Qualcomm Technologies booth (#10948) exclusively at CES® 2017 in Las Vegas. The service and technology offerings by Rambus are designed to take advantage [...]

Mitigating DDoS attacks with secure IoT endpoints

The IoT is expected to comprise 20.8 billion devices by 2020, with Gartner estimating that 5.5 million new “things” went online daily during 2016. Nevertheless, as Forrester analysts emphasize, robust IoT security remains mired in [...]

Securing the Internet of Things starts with transistors

Asaf Ashkenazi, senior director of product management in Rambus’ Security Division, has penned an article for Semiconductor Engineering about the six “Strategic Principles” for securing the Internet of Things (IoT) outlined by the U.S. Department of [...]

Rambus talks vehicle security at TU-Automotive

Joe Gullo, the senior director for Rambus automotive strategy and development, recently participated in a TU-Automotive panel that explored the importance of securing next-gen autonomous vehicles. Indeed, the number of threat vectors in the automotive [...]

The evolving requirements of IoT security

Ed Sperling and Jeff Dorsch of Semiconductor Engineering recently penned an article about the future of IoT security. Specifically, the two journalists highlighted the distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) against Dyn which saw waves [...]

Mirai botnet targets IoT devices

In late September, cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs’ website was overwhelmed by a massive DDoS attack that hit at a rate of 620Gbps, forcing Akamai to temporarily suspend service. In a blog post describing the cyber [...]

Rambus inks license agreement with Xilinx


Rambus has signed a license agreement with Xilinx that covers Rambus’ patented memory controller, SerDes and security technologies. In addition, the two companies have agreed to evaluate potential collaboration on the use of Rambus’ CryptoManager [...]

Security is “often overlooked” for the IoT

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has determined that the overwhelming majority of publicly reported Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerabilities publicly disclosed over the last year could have been easily avoided. According Craig Spiezle, Executive Director [...]

Securing next-gen drones

John Edwards of Semiconductor Engineering recently penned an article that explores the security risks associated with drones. The biggest drone threat of all, says Edwards, may turn out to be attacks made against the vehicles [...]

Safecracking goes high-tech with side-channel attacks


During the early days of safecracking, rudimentary rotary locks were compromised by feel or sound to determine the correct combination. Following in this tradition, a security researcher known as Plore recently demonstrated how side-channel attacks [...]

Security researchers hack automotive CAN network

White hat security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have once again hacked a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, this time plugging a laptop directly into the vehicle’s CAN network via a port under the dashboard. “Instead [...]

Taking smartphone security to the next level

Asaf Ashkenazi, a senior director at Rambus’ security division, recently gave a keynote presentation about the future of mobile security at the Linley Group’s Mobile and Wearables Conference. According to Ashkenzai, the demand for trusted [...]

Video: Rambus and Movimento secure OTA updates for connected vehicles

Earlier this summer, Rambus and Movimento teamed up to demonstrate a joint OTA update solution at TU-Automotive in Detroit. Essentially, Movimento’s OTA technology uses Rambus’ CryptoManager platform to enable in-field provisioning of encrypted keys generated for [...]

This algorithm steals ATM PINs from wearables

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Security researchers at Binghamton University and the Stevens Institute of Technology have successfully combined smartwatch sensor data with an algorithm to crack ATM PINs. As Megan Scudellari of IEE Spectrum reports, Chen Wang of Binghamton [...]

Securing connected vehicles with Rambus CryptoManager

Anna Steffora Mutschler of Semiconductor Engineering recently observed that self-driving cars have prompted the semiconductor industry to consider a number of complex legal and regulatory issues. “[Self-driving vehicles] open up a whole new field for [...]

EE Times talks Rambus and automotive security

Junko Yoshida of the EE Times reports that Rambus is diving into the field of cyber-security for OTA vehicle updates, which she describes as a “red-hot” issue for the current automotive market. “Rambus, a semiconductor [...]

Rambus and Movimento secure OTA updates for connected vehicles

Rambus and Movimento have teamed up to deliver secure and personalized OTA updates for connected vehicles. As Dr. Simon Blake-Wilson, VP of Products and Marketing at Rambus Cryptography Research points out, numerous OTA solutions designed [...]

Aligning corporate and startup strategies for the IoT


Rambus CMO Jerome Nadel recently participated in an Internet of Things World panel about aligning corporate and startup strategies. As Nadel notes, the key to achieving successful synergy between the two requires a nuanced understanding [...]

IoT security spending to hit $348 million in 2016

Gartner analysts have confirmed that global spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $348 million in 2016 – marking a 23.7 percent increase from $281.5 million in 2015. Although overall spending is expected [...]

Shifting gears for the IoT

Writing for Semiconductor Engineering, Ann Steffora Mutschler observes that a shift is currently underway in the automotive industry as more connected vehicles hit the road each year. “[Connectivity adds] many of the features that consumers [...]

IoT security market to exceed $28 billion by 2020

A new report published by Research and Markets projects that the Internet of Things (IoT) security market will increase from $6.89 billion in 2015 to $28.90 billion by 2020. “With the technological advancement and increasing [...]

DEFCON organizer talks IoT security


Ted Harrington, partner at Independent Security Evaluators and organizer of the annual DEFCON hacker conference, is not at all optimistic about a secure IoT. As Harrington tells Inverse, IoT security “will get worse, potentially a [...]

New monetization opportunities for the IoT

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Steven Woo, VP of Solutions Marketing at Rambus, recently participated in an Internet of Things (IoT) Summit panel discussion about the creation of new monetization opportunities in the burgeoning space. As Woo noted, chip design [...]

CryptoManager: Between ASICs and FPGAs

Manufacturers typically configure application-specific integrated circuits (ASICS) for targeted use cases. In contrast, a field-programmable gate array – or FPGA – is an integrated circuit with custom logic that is configured by a customer or [...]

There is no giant Faraday cage for the IoT


A Faraday cage or Faraday shield can best be defined as an enclosure formed by conductive material that is used to block electric fields. As such, Faraday cages either heavily attenuate or block the reception [...]

Charting a new course for semiconductors


The semiconductor industry is at an inflection point facing challenges, including rising development costs, shrinking margins, market saturation and unprecedented consolidation. Although no stranger to boom and bust cycles, semiconductor companies are actively seeking a [...]

Moore’s Law in the FaaS lane

Recode’s Arik Hesseldahl recently noted that chip industry is running up against some “truly fundamental” limits. “At the five-nanometer juncture — due maybe in 2021, give or take — the outlook [of Moore’s Law] has [...]

CryptoManager enables FaaS with in-field provisioning

Rambus has announced that its CryptoManager security platform now supports in-field feature and service provisioning, alongside SoC management and device personalization capabilities. “In-field feature and service provisioning enables complete silicon-to-cloud functionality to support the growing [...]

Waging 21st century cyber-warfare

Cyber-warfare is emerging as the most sophisticated battleground of the 21st century. “In fact, the military in all major countries make it a priority,” Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering recently observed. “Collectively they are spending tens of [...]

Building silicon foundations for security

Paul Kocher, the chief scientist of Rambus’ Cryptography Research division, recently presented a DesignCon 2016 keynote session that explored the crowded intersection of hardware, Moore’s Law and cryptography. As Kocher notes, cryptographic limits have historically [...]

A market outlook for the IoT

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Rambus CMO Jerome Nadel recently headlined a CES 2016 AppNation panel exploring the market potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). The panel was moderated by Matthew Quint of the Columbia Business School, and also [...]

Securing intelligent transportation systems

Earlier this week, Team Lightbulb hosted its annual Broadband Conference at CES 2016. A number of topics were discussed at various panels throughout the day, including the steady evolution of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Jill [...]

No quick fix for automotive insecurity

Did you know that the automotive industry is still “ill equipped” to protect connected vehicles from hackers due to lagging security standards? Indeed, industry leaders have only begun to seriously explore more effective methods of [...]

LG Electronics licenses Rambus CryptoManager security platform

LG Electronics (LGE) has licensed Rambus’ CryptoManager security platform for its next generation of mobile devices. The versatile platform will provide LGE with a robust security solution, which includes a hardware-based root-of-trust for the provisioning [...]

Securing the silicon of the IoT

Paul Kocher, the Chief Scientist of Rambus’ Cryptography Research Division, recently participated in an ARM TechCon panel about securing the Internet of Things (IoT). As Kocher told conference attendees, strong hardware-based crypto needs to be [...]

Rambus CryptoFirewall secures Marvell’s 88PA810 Trusted Authentication IC

Marvell has confirmed that its second-gen 88PA810 Trusted Authentication IC integrates Rambus’ CryptoFirewall security core solution, along with anti-tampering and anti-reverse engineering technologies. Designed for use in systems that require secure product authentication and usage [...]

Connected vehicles are still vulnerable to hacks

Junko Yoshida, Chief International Correspondent at UBM Electronics, recently reported that the automotive industry is still “ill equipped” to protect connected vehicles from hackers. Indeed, according to a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, only [...]

Securing connected vehicles

Ann Steffora Mutschler of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that malicious hacking has existed since the dawn of connected electronics. However, says Mutschler, such hacks are now occurring with increasing sophistication in the automotive sector. “Even [...]