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Check Point Software to secure Intel Pathfinder RISC-V platform

Check Point Quantum IoT Protect is set to be made available within Intel’s new platform for IoT device developers – Intel Pathfinder for RISC-V*.

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Thu, 01 Sep 2022
Check Point Software to secure Intel Pathfinder RISC-V platform
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The new collaboration with Intel Corporation and Check Point Software is designed to combat cyber criminals targeting vulnerable IoT devices as an entry point into a corporate network, in order to move laterally across an enterprise to gain access to sensitive intellectual property and data that they can exploit through malware and ransomware.

Traditionally, cyber security has been an afterthought in the design process of internet of things (IoT) devices, such as IP cameras, routers, HVAC systems, medical devices, and more. According to Check Point Software researchers, this is due to devices having limited processing power and storage, leaving little room for traditional security software.

IoT devices also run older operating systems that cannot be patched, use weak or default passwords, and are not monitored for security breaches.

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As Miri Ofir, R&D director at Check Point Software explains, cyber attacks are increasing in number and sophistication all the time.

"It has never been more important for IoT device developers to prioritise cyber security, not just to win a competitive edge or comply with emerging regulations but to give their end customers enterprise grade security and peace of mind.

"We are honoured to be chosen to enable security for Intel Pathfinder and look forward to all the new devices that will be developed with our security features," Ofir said.

Intel Pathfinder for RISC-V is a new platform for SoC (system on a chip) architects and system software developers to define new IoT products.

By enabling Check Point Quantum IoT Protect within the platform, IoT device manufacturers will be able to integrate security at the beginning of the product lifecycle. Check Point Quantum IoT Protect with Nano Agent technology is an embedded runtime protection solution designed to identify and prevent sophisticated attacks in real-time, even zero-day vulnerabilities.

The Check Point IoT Nano Agent technology is designed to secure 100 per cent of the firmware, including third-party components, without impacting the performance of the IoT device.

According to Vijay Krishnan, general manager, RISC-V Ventures at Intel, the Intel Pathfinder for RISC-V* represents our ongoing commitment to accelerate the adoption of RISC-V, in order to catalyse the ecosystem around an open-source and standards-based vision.

"We wanted to ensure this was done with state-of-the-art security, which is why we are working with Check Point," Krishnan said.

[Related: Assistant minister for Defence launches new ICT strategy]

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