ARM Buys Internet Of Things Security Software Firm

Chip designer ARM has bought Dutch Internet of Things firm Offspark, the company has said today.

Offspark specialises in IoT communications security and its PolarSSL technology is already deployed in sensors, communication modules, and smartphones.

Focus on security

A message left on Offspark’s website read: “There is nothing to find here anymore. Offspark is now part of ARM.”

ARM’s IoT manager, Krisztian Flautner, said the Offpsark acquisition will help it focus on the security of Internet of Things systems.

He said: “PolarSSL technology is already deployed by the leading IoT players. The fact that those same companies also utilize ARM Cortex processor and software technologies means we are now able to provide a complete bedrock solution for the industry to innovate from.”

PolarSSL is an Internet of Things embedded Transport Layer Security (TLS) solution. It will form the core of the ARM mbed communication security and software cryptography strategy and will be rebranded as ARM mbed TLS. The technology will remain open source and will be made available to developers for commercial use, ARM said.

“ARM is undeniably the front-runner in the embedded world and combining with them is the perfect way of scaling our business,” said Paul Bakker, CEO, Offspark.

“Security is the most fundamental aspect in ensuring people trust IoT technology and that is only possible with a truly tailored solution. Together, ARM and Offspark can provide security to the edge of any system and we look forward to working with our partners to help them deliver some exciting new projects.”

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Ben Sullivan

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