Russia has developed a complex to protect IoT devices
2021-06-30 11:17

Russia has developed a complex to protect IoT devices

NIIME (Element Group), a resident of Technopolis Moscow, has developed a new hardware and software system for cryptographic protection of information in Internet of Things devices. This is an entirely Russian development, which will contribute to import substitution, said Alexander Prokhorov, head of Moscow's Department of Investment and Industrial Policy.

"In the special economic zone (SEZ) of Moscow, about 60 high-tech companies carry out developments in the field of microelectronics and information and communication technologies. They help to solve various problems: from production of chips for transport cards to crypto protection of information with a high level of secrecy. The new development of a SEZ resident consists of a software complex and a chip that is embedded in the final device, ensuring secure data transfer between the object and the server that accumulates the data. In this case, the software, the chip and encryption algorithms are fully Russian-designed. The use of the hardware and software complex gives new opportunities for the development of domestic projects in the Internet of Things and contributes to import substitution," said the head of the department, whose words are quoted on the Technopolis website.

The new hardware and software complex is called "Zvezda". It performs a function of a virtual protected channel of data transmission between an end-device and the server of applications. The solution uses CRISP, a compact protocol for protecting transmitted data, specially developed for the Internet of Things and standardized in Russia in 2019. This protocol is resistant to failures, does not require a secure session to be set up in advance, and all CRISP messages are self-sufficient.

Technopolis CEO Gennady Degtev noted that the system signs messages with a full-fledged electronic signature, which allows the end user - the application provider - to verify the integrity and authenticity of any, including archived messages, regardless of the communication provider and the software and hardware complex itself.

"It is also worth noting that the special economic zone resident status, which the company obtained in 2015, gives it access to significant tax preferences. This allows it to invest additional funds in such developments," he added.

As NIIME chief designer Alexander Kravtsov noted, J'son & Partners predicted that 56 million connected devices will be in operation in Russia by 2025.

"The demand for chips for IoT equipment that help improve its performance and optimize maintenance will grow. It is extremely important for critical infrastructure facilities in the Internet of Things to ensure a high level of security, as it is directly related to technological and information security. Software and hardware complex "Zvezda" is based on "first level" chip developed and produced in Russia. Its application ensures the required level of information security and facilitates the development of new IoT projects in Russia," he said.

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Author: Karina Kamalova