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Mocana Supports Trusted Platform Module

By Chrissie Cluney
August 22, 2018

Mocana Corporation is a provider of mission-critical security solutions for industrial control systems and the Internet of Things (IoT). The company announced their support for the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 to enable device manufacturers to more easily build products that meet the highest standards for cyber-security.

What does this technology use to ensure it secures important information properly? Used to secure billions of computer hardware and financial systems, TPM technology uses a unique secret key embedded into a microchip or firmware. With Mocana, IoT device manufacturers can more easily secure storage, communications, firmware updates and containerized applications.

“As the pace of cyber attacks on IoT and industrial systems increases, there is a critical need for stronger security on IoT devices,” said Srinivas Kumar, VP, engineering, Mocana. “TPM technology has been used broadly to prove the identity of a computer or financial transaction device. We are now enabling the latest TPM 2.0 feature set on IoT devices. This will significantly reduce the effort for our customers to leverage TPM technology and avoid reading the more than 3,000 pages of TPM technical documentation.”

The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is an international standard for a secure crypto-processor. It is a dedicated microcontroller designed to secure hardware through integrated cryptographic keys. The important standard was created by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), a computer industry consortium. It was later standardized by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). In 2009 the two organizations merged together to form the ISO/IEC 11889.

Advanced Ciphers Support, which supports advanced ciphers including Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) and 2 56 and 512-bit Secure Hash Algorithms (SHA) 2. Multiple ownership of keys separates owners for the TPM Endorsement Key (EK) by signing/attestation from the Storage Root Key (SRK) with support for Endorsement Hierarchies (EH) and Storage Hierarchies (SH). The support offers seeding and reseeding of a non-deterministic pseudorandom number generator with an entropy source internal to the TPM’s cryptographic boundary to ensure a high degree of randomness for key generation.

Also it includes support for Windows and Linux. These solutions are optimized for embedded systems running their own based operating systems. Pre-integrated support for multi-vendor of TCG TPM 1.2 and 2.0 specifications from Infineon, Nuvoton, and STMicro is also available.

Mocana’s support offers compliance with cyber-security standards, which is the only solution to meet the requirements for US NIST 800-63B AAL3. This is the highest level of authentication assurance, and support Proof of Possession of a secret for both Certificate Management over CMS (CMC) and the Enrollment of Secure Transport (EST).


Chrissie Cluney has been a correspondent for IoT Evolution World since 2015. She holds a degree in English with a concentration in writing from the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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