Embedded Toolbox: Create a Secure Boot Manager on Arm TrustZone in Less Than 10 Minutes

November 10, 2020 Brandon Lewis

How well do you understand the secure boot process? Yeah, we know that it works with a root of trust like Arm TrustZone and ensures the integrity of a system from power on, and that it can help extend cryptographic protections embedded deep in silicon out to the application level and beyond.

But do you understand Secure Boot well enough to implement a robust secure boot manager that can facilitate a trusted boot process? Connect it to applications for seamless encryption of device data and message authentication? And so on? And if you do, can you enable it in less than 10 minutes in a way that doesn’t disrupt your engineering workflow?

If you do and can, that’s great. If you can’t, tune into this episode of Embedded Toolbox, where IAR Systems’ Global FAE Manager Shawn Prestridge shows how to spin up a secure boot manager on an NXP LPC5500 series development board with Arm TrustZone. Using a configuration wizard in the C-Trust extension of IAR’s Embedded Workbench IDE, Shawn keeps the native programming environment and development cycle intact while laying out the foundation for a secure end-to-end system.

Tune in to learn how you can do the same.

For more information on IAR C-Trust, visit https://www.iar.com/security-from-inception/c-trust/.

For more on how you can implement secure development practices, register for the free IoT Device Security Conference at https://iotdevicesecurityconference.com/.

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Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at brandon.lewis@opensysmedia.com.

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