Rambus and Barco Silex Join Forces to Thwart PoS System Attacks

By CIOReview | Tuesday, April 7, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Rambus – a semiconductor company specializing in cryptography, memory and interface, and mobile technology – has announced that its Cryptography Research Division has joined hands with Barco Silex to bring point-of-sale (PoS) security solutions faster into the market for various industries.

Barco Silex, an embedded electronics, video and image processing, and cryptography company, will leverage Rambus’ DPA countermeasure technology to help various industries such as banking, retail, wireless in securing PoS applications.

Differential Power Analysis (DPA) is essentially an attack to determine secret information such as cryptographic keys and passwords in PoS environments. This attack employs techniques to measure the power consumption of a device as it operates which will be then be used to reveal the passwords. This attack is also called ‘external monitoring attack’ or ‘side channel attack.’

A recent McAfee report suggests that ‘POS attacks will increase and evolve with digital payments.’ Despite the security efforts in the form of chip-and-pin cards and card readers, PoS system breaches will surge, says the report. Lack of understanding of the nascent NFC technology is also expected to have a damaging effect on the PoS system.

Cryptography Research scientists is said to have developed hardware core and software library solutions to build DPA resistant products which can integrated into System-on-Chips (SoCs.) These security solutions can be implemented in power-sensitive mobile applications and secured multi-core processors.

“Side-channel attacks are becoming more prevalent, and we need a sound solution to combat this growing risk to ensure customer confidence and protect high value assets,” said Sébastien Rabou, Product Manager at Barco Silex. “The partnership with Rambus allows us to have access to the world-class cryptography engineers while developing solutions to benefit the point-of-sale market.”

“The risk of security breaches continues to explode and customers need to quickly get secure solutions into the market,” said Dr. Simon Blake-Wilson, vice president of Products and Marketing of the Rambus Cryptography Research division. “By partnering with Barco Silex, we have created another channel that will accelerate time-to-market with advanced security technology.”