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- The new security chip from Samsung’s semiconductor division is Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certified
- The company said that with this, Samsung is mounting a powerful deadbolt on smart devices to safeguard private information
In a bid to protect personal data and enable fintech activities such as cryptocurrency transactions, mobile banking, and stock trading, South Korean tech giant Samsung’s semiconductor division has unveiled a standalone turnkey security solution comprising of a Secure Element (SE) chip (S3FV9RR) and enhanced security software that offers protection for tasks such as booting, isolated storage, mobile payment, and other applications.
The new security chip is Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certified — which is the highest level acquired by a mobile component.
“In this era of mobility and contact-less interactions, we expect our connected devices, such as smartphones or tablets, to be highly secure so as to protect personal data and enable fintech activities such as mobile banking, stock trading and cryptocurrency transactions,” Dongho Shin, Senior Vice President of System LSI Marketing at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.
The firm’s new security solution is an enhanced turnkey that follows the first-generation solution (S3K250AF) which was announced in February. It is a component that offers higher assurance levels than its predecessor’s CC EAL 5+ with an industry-leading CC EAL 6+ certified-hardware secure element, S3FV9RR, and powerful security software.
CC EAL 6+ is utilised in applications that demand the most stringent security requirements in the market such as flagship smartphones, e-passports, and hardware wallets for cryptocurrency.
“With the new standalone security element solution (S3FV9RR), Samsung is mounting a powerful deadbolt on smart devices to safeguard private information,” Shin added.
With twice the secure storage capacity, the new security solution also supports hardware-based root of trust (RoT), secure boot, and device authentication that brings mobile security to the next level. Especially for service providers, manufacturers, and organisations, secure device authentication is enhanced with the RoT when running proprietary applications on a mobile device.
As a bootloader initiates, a chain of trust is activated through which each and every firmware with approved keys are sequentially validated. This secure booting process is handled by the RoT, thus, guarding the device against any possible malicious attacks or unauthorised software updates.
The security solution can work independently
Also, as a standalone solution, the new security solution can work independently from the security performance of the device’s main processor. This makes the solution versatile, expanding the security capabilities of mobile devices, IoT applications, and other devices in all performance levels.
In addition, manufacturers can be assured that devices produced at an off-site location are not tainted with non-authorised firmware. The solution also meets the hardware security module requirements for cryptographic operations outlined by an upcoming mobile operating system version.