Rutronik adds Swissbit’s iShield HSM series for retrofit security

The PU-50n iShield HSM series is Swissbit’s hardware security module (HSM) for storing security keys for identification, authentication and registration of devices in the IoT. The retrofittable USB HSM closes security gaps that can occur with software-based storage of cryptographic keys, claimed the company. It is intended for use by manufacturers of connected devices, such as gateways or controllers, as well as system integrators for building and industrial automation, with the possibility to easily upgrade and update the security feature at any time and without complications. The Swissbit iShield HSM series is available at Rutronik.

iShield HSM securely stores the device’s private key and certificate so that they cannot be disclosed or duplicated in software. The compact, rugged, USB key supports PKCS#11 and PKCS#15 public key cryptography standards and is compatible with an open source software stack (e.g., OpenSC). 

A Secure Element (CC EAL6+) is embedded in the iShield HSM hardware using chip-on-board technology, making it tamperproof and suitable for harsh operating environments.

Additional features are an MLC NAND with Durabit feature, CC EAL 6+, RSA up to 2048bit and ECC up to 384bit.

  Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente was founded in 1973 and is an independent family-owned company based in Ispringen, Germany to become one of the world’s leading broadline distributors, serving over 40,000 customers. It has more than 80 offices worldwide and logistics centres in Austin (Texas, USA), Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong, providing customer support in Europe, Asia, and North America.

The company focuses on high growth future markets of advanced materials, advanced measurement, processing and analytics, advanced robotics, automation, biotechnology, energy and power, future mobility, the IIoT and the internet of everything, industry 4.0, medical and healthcare and transportation, logistics and the supply chain. To serve customers in these future markets, the company introduced Automotive, Embedded, Power, Smart and System Solutions initiatives offering expertise, specific product portfolios and consultancy support. Rutronik relies on customised solutions that are tailored to the respective needs with services ranging from competent technical support in product development and design-ins, through the diverse product portfolio of leading manufacturers, to the company’s software and hardware solutions with (partly patented) Rutronik IP.

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