Yearly Archives: 2016


IoTSF Plenary Group Chair Appointment

July 6, 2016
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We are delighted to announce that Richard Marshall, Managing Consultant at Xitex ltd, has been appointed as the Plenary Group Chair of the IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF).

The IoTSF was established in response to emerging threats that were found in the Internet of Things applications. It’s mission is to secure the Internet of Things. This is done by promoting and teaching good practice in appropriate security to users. Xitex are pleased to be a founder member of the IoTSF. 

Upon appointment as Plenary Group Chair, Richard commented: “I see the issue of security as a cornerstone to the adoption of the Internet of Things… I am honoured to be leading the Plenary.”

The Plenary Group of the IoTSF is a forum for central members to identify any challenges that they are facing. As Richard highlighted, “The industry urgently needs to address the issue of security or face the risk of heavy regulation and a potential loss of confidence in the markets”. Through the IoTSF Plenary Group, members can raise their concerns to active working groups. From here, these active working groups can then determine appropriate measures and outcomes. Typically they form best practice guidelines which fall under the simple requirement of being accessible, useful and actionable.

Dr John Haine, Chair of the IoTSF Executive Steering Board, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Richard as the Plenary Chair. It is important that the IoTSF membership is able to determine its technical priorities and organise its’ work, and Richard’s combination of experience and talents will be a real boost in that area.”

Please find further details at the Internet of Things Security Foundation’s website.

Xitex at the Verification Futures 2016 Conference

February 3, 2016
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Xitex is pleased to announce that they will be presenting at the Verification Futures 2016 Conference on the 4th February 2016.

Organised by TVS, Verification Futures 2016 is a one day conference, exhibition and industry networking event to discuss the challenges faced in hardware verification. The day will host a fantastic opportunity to network with other verification engineers across Europe. As well as this, the event will offer an opportunity for end users to explain their current and present verification challenges, to collaborate with vendors and find solutions together.

Xitex’s presentation at Verifications Futures 2016 will be on Security Standards and Architecture Considerations for Secure Hardware Design and Verification.

Richard Marshall, Managing Consultant at Xitex ltd, will be presenting in at the event. His focus will be in consideration of the foundations of secure products. He will particularly discuss the need for true random number sources for nonce and key generation, as well as product compliance with standards such as FIPS 140-2 and 186-4. Where a larger number of customers must be considered – for example the mobile network operators mandating standards compliance – he will go on to consider what independent tests are available to demonstrate standards compliance. Consideration will also be given to some of the architectural security verification challenges and Richard will go on to look at a brief case study on secure hardware for 3G/4G Small cells.

Further information about the Verification Futures Conference 2016 can be found on their website at Verification Futures Europe 2016

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