Four teams were nominated from a total of 24 technology projects. A jury of independent experts from science and business selects the nominees and the winner. Nomination alone is regarded as the highest commendation for technology and innovation in Germany. Please click on the link for further information: http://www.deutscher-zukunftspreis.de.
Integrity Guard – Security for the networked world
Worldwide, more and more data is collected in digital form and processed, stored and exchanged. It is crucial that in our interconnected world, the electronic communication is not only fast, but also maximum data security is ensured.
A security chip must be able to store security-critical data – for example keys – and be able to protect the system in a wide range of totally different application fields. Until now, companies focused on protecting on-chip data from criminal attack by concealing it. Sensors were used to recognize such attacks and to protect sensitive data from manipulation. However, these methods no longer meet the very high security requirements that exist today.
To protect data more effectively, Infineon developed a completely new approach with “ Integrity Guard”. It is based on digital security and displays two revolutionary innovations. Infineon engineers have succeeded in creating a security technology that not only encrypts the data on the security controller but can also process the data while it is encrypted. Even if attackers “ eavesdrop” on the data signals, they only receive encrypted and thus incomprehensible information.
Integrity Guard is a revolutionary new digital security technology which follows a completely new path in chip-based security. In terms of technology, the innovation is the combination of two completely new approaches:
- The completely encrypted storage and processing of on-chip data. Even if attackers “eavesdrop” on the data signals, they only receive encrypted and thus incomprehensible information.
- Integrity Guard contains two CPUs and a full digital error-detection capability. The two CPUs constantly check each other according to the principle of double-checking.
These 2 key features of this security technology combined in one product are real unique.
In Germany, “Integrity Guard”-based security chips are, for example, used in the electronic identity and healthcare cards as well as for contactless payment applications like the German Banking Industry Committee’s (Deutsche Kreditwirtschaft) “girogo” project. This project is currently Europe’s biggest contactless payment trial. To date, Infineon has sold more than 80 million security chips worldwide featuring “Integrity Guard” digital security technology. :
The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) confirmed the high security of Infineon’s “ Integrity Guard”-based security controllers according to “Common Criteria”, an internationally recognized standard for the rigorous assessment and certification of security controllers.
On behalf of the entire project team Infineon were 3 employees nominated for the Future Award.
From left to right: Dipl.-Ing. Markus Janke, Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Wenzel, Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rüping