When discussing cyber security, the focus is usually on the best software to avoid malware and cyber attacks, but choosing good hardware should be at the top of the priorities because it can determine a business level of security. Cyber attacks are constantly growing and it is estimated that they can cause damage up to 6 trillion dollars every year. To block this risk businesses must invest in hardware that can guarantee security. Generally, hardware is less vulnerable compared to software for several reasons, like reduced accessibility or greater difficulty of hacking. 

However hardware is not 100% safe, so here are some tips on how to select the best hardware for secure solutions. 

  1. Know the risks to avoid them.
    First of all, it is necessary to have a clear idea about the risks that a business can encounter, like the exchange of sensitive information. In that case, it is fundamental that the hardware is capable of supporting a high load of encrypted data, and at the same time, it won’t slow down networks and processes. 
  2. Verify the compatibility.
    Before changing any hardware, it is important to verify that it is compatible with apps and systems a business is using or will use shortly. 
  3. Train your workforce.
    Even good hardware can be a threat if it is not used correctly. The majority of cyber attacks could be linked to some form of negligence like sharing information, sharing passwords, or the wrong use of devices. It is, therefore, necessary to have a policy for all the users and organize training to be always updated on new systems. 
  4. Secure your work environment.
    To avoid cyber attacks it is better to be protected from actual attacks, like thefts or tampering. It becomes fundamental to have protection systems in the work environment to prevent thefts, fires, floods, and other possible damages. 
  5. Do not forget the old ones.
    Replacing hardware with a newer one is a good choice, but better not to forget the old devices and machinery that could be used for cyber attacks. 
  6. Use TPM modules.
    To protect hardware it must be designed using a TPM, a Trusted Platform Module, a processor that can guarantee integrity to embedded systems and can encrypt information, data, and operations. 

MAS Elettronica secure hardware against cyber attacks

For better security of embedded systems, we use the new generation TPM 2.0, which can offer major flexibility, support the most recent algorithm, and comply with international standard ISO/IEC 11889:2015. 

Our single boards Frida SBC IMX8M and SBC Mina IMX8M are designed with the TPM 2.0 module. 

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