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Intel's IoT vision sees far more than chips

Stephen Lawson | Dec. 11, 2014
Intel is bringing all its assets to bear on the Internet of Things, a hot topic for nearly all IT vendors but one that's especially critical to big chip makers.

Intel's McAfee security business introduced Enhanced Security for Intel IoT Gateways, a pre-validated solution to enhance the security of the gateways. And to serve industries that are linking older equipment to the Internet for the first time, the company is working with Siemens to add support for industrial protocols to its firewall technology.

There's a window of two to five years to implement security in IoT, said Lorie Wigle, Intel's vice president of IoT Security Solutions.

"It's really critical that we build security in, particularly when we look at industrial IoT. Some of these systems may be in place for decades, so if we miss this window of opportunity, it is a big, big miss," Wigle said.

Intel's taking one security technology it's developed for its own products, called EPID (Enhanced Privacy Identity), and promoting it to other silicon vendors.

EPID separates a device's ability to prove that it's a certain class of device from its ability to prove that it's a unique, specific device. Each device has its own key, but there's a single key on the other side used to validate them. One place that may be useful is in vehicles, where a car could be authorized to use shared infrastructure such as tollbooths and smart traffic lights without identifying itself as your car in particular, Wigle said. That would keep the entities that run those systems from being able to track you wherever you drive.

 

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