>> ARDUINO AND ATMEL LAUNCH SECURE WIFI CONNECTIVITY
A hardware based crypto-engine, just what the Internet of Things needs!
Arduino and Atmel just launched a
WiFi Shield 101
to provide secure communications platform by integrating the Atmel
crypto authentication device
to provide a TLS platform and SoftAP for seamless programming. The
cryptographic device provides industry accepted Elliptic Curve Cryptography
(ECC-256, comparable to RSA-3072), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-128) and Secure Hash (SHA-256) algorithms.
As security becomes a growing concern within the Internet of Things it is
positive to see solutions like this being introduced, as it can provide a
simple off the shield, turn-key solution for developers to integrate
to help secure projects and keep the associated data private.
While a step in a right direction - this only provides a solution for
devices that are connected over a WiFi connection, however provides little
assistance for securing other forms of communication channels
(standard ethernet, 4G/3G/GPRS and Serial based solutions).
It would be great to see an Arduino shield developed, or even the
crypto chip integrated on standard Arduino boards offering an API
that allows developers to utilize a hardware based solution to provide
encryption on elementary data streams and use existing communication
channels openly - which is currently only possible with software
libraries that are overlooked due to limited program and memory
Atmel and Arduino, are you actually listening to what us developers
are really looking for?