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STMicroelectronics (ST), a semiconductor and digital security company, has introduced KERKEY, an advanced security module that ST says helps prevent malicious attacks on smart grid gateways, concentrators and smart meters.

According to the company, KERKEY leverages the robust architecture of ST's secure-processor family and delivers the benefits of a hardware foundation that satisfies CC EAL6+ Penetration Testing for smart-card ICs and FIPS-140 Penetration Testing for Multiple-Chip Cryptographic Modules.

ST adds that KERKEY is certified to Common Criteria EAL4+ and AVA-VAN level 52, fulfills the BSI3 Protection Profile for smart grid security modules and supports the Java Card operating system.

KERKEY is delivered as a ready-to-use security module that requires only a small amount of final configuration, ST notes.

"Governments and utilities have identified a secure and trusted smart grid as essential for satisfying greater demand for electricity while increasing reliance on greener energy sources, such as wind and solar," comments Marie-France Florentin, group vice president and general manager of the Secure Microcontroller Division at ST. "KERKEY allows equipment producers to meet the highest security standards cost-effectively using a single chip that offers unparalleled flexibility to customize and differentiate their applications."

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