Security is a Must. Security is Not Easy. We Can Help.

09/13/2022 | Wayne Dragon | 2 Min Read

While there may be debate around whether technology drives innovation or whether innovation drives technology, we can agree that the world is a better place because of it. Innovations in technology are necessary, and with that innovation comes the need for robust embedded security to help protect data and intellectual property. The security landscape is fragmented with regulations, standards and laws that are still evolving. We need a framework to navigate the future of embedded security. 


Innovation is Exciting, but Opens New Attack Surfaces to Hackers and Competitors

Technology has come a long way, but with that comes complexity and risk. As we integrate more smart devices into our homes, workspaces, and cars, we need to ensure that it is done safely and securely.



A fun way to think about innovation is to look at it from the prospective of the Jetsons cartoon. In 1962 the Jetsons portrayed technology 100 years in the future. Sixty years later, many of those inventions have been brought to life. We take phone calls and make payments with our watches, watch movies on a flat-screen TV, and rely on our robot vacuums. In medical we have pills with cameras in them. In industrial applications we see robots and autonomous machines powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Drones and even prototypes of flying cars exist. Almost all this tech is connected. These things are fantastic and, while the benefits generally outweigh the risks, these innovations open the door to security threats and offer opportunities for bad actors to hack into our lives, personal data, and IP.


The Costs of Security Breaches are Real

Companies face genuine costs when imitation accessories are developed. For example, replacement batteries or cartridge refills that do not meet standards or function as the originals may cause customers to lose confidence in a product. This can negatively impact recurring revenue, brand reputation and result in costly diversion of resources. Incorporating security features in the design can prevent these scenarios.

Security is Hard; Make it Easier Through Collaboration

Navigating the embedded security landscape is not an easy task. In addition to the diverse types of security hardware and software, there are many complexities in standards and regulations. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are designing with security in mind, choosing silicon providers that are striving to include security within their chips, associated software and associated services.


How Does PSA Certified and Secure Vault™ Enhance Security for Your Device (And Why Does it Matter?) 

PSA Certified offers a standardized approach for securing an OEM’s design. The framework includes a suite of security resources and a matching certification program.

Secure Vault™ from Silicon Labs is a security subsystem that includes its own security core. This technology:

  • Protects against scalable local and remote software attacks
  • Defends against local hardware attacks, which – although historically less common than software attacks – are on the rise due to the surge of affordable and easily accessible tools
  • Passes testing from independent, third-party laboratories that attempt to infringe security functions for a specified amount of time with sophisticated equipment

PSA Certified coupled with Silicon Labs’ Secure Vault™ will identify potential threat vectors and minimize a product’s vulnerability to cyber-attacks throughout its lifecycle.


Where do I Start?

To kick off a conversation about security or embedded technology, call your local Arrow Electronics representative or contact us at You can also visit Arrow at our Silicon Labs Works With virtual booth or come to our website at

Wayne Dragon
Wayne Dragon
Technical Solutions Manager | Arrow Electronics
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