December - 2016 - Special issue > Company of the Year - 2016: Enterprise Security

Rambus: Delivering Innovation Driven Security Solutions

si Team
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
si Team
Any data saved digital always has hackers as one of its biggest concerns. To mix the space with even more complexity, the surge of the IT arena has also brought hardware device hacking as one of its side-effects. The IoT, though having achieved celebrity status in its infancy, significantly increases the number of security risks faced by businesses and their customers. Today, any endpoint connecting to the internet has the possibility of being hacked. Already, hackers have found ways to breach everything from smart cars to home monitoring systems. At this point in time, when attackers are trying to conquer the corporate world by reaching out to the concealed data bases and hardware, Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ: RMBS with a market capital of $1.55 billion), a 25-year old technology company that has seen hacking paradigms from the very first hacking case reported, becomes an eradicator of breaches by leveraging its experience.

Rambus was brought together by two computer science professors in 1990 in order to redeem the semiconductor industry from one its core problems of that time - fast microprocessor but slow memory interfaces. As the team invented an effective computing architecture to improve the speed of memory interfaces, the company brought its designs to the market by licensing the designs. With many other licensed technology inventions (such as RDRAM) thereafter, Rambus pressed the footprint further and eventually went public in 1997.

The Hardware Shield

Maintaining of its technology leadership position by developing innovations and providing products on memory and interfaces, Rambus today also ensures security for its customers by continually innovating, predominantly in three key areas - Differential Power Analysis (DPA) Countermeasures, Mobile Payments and Smart Ticketing. The Rambus DPA solution is the specific security technology that protects hardware devices from being hacked. DPA Resistant Cores, comprised of a family of cryptographic cores and software libraries, prevents side-channel attacks by blocking the tracing the variation in oscillations produced by electromagnetic radiation of devices around the power supply. "This hardware security approach has been very important in smart cards," reminisces Dr. Ron Black, President and CEO, Rambus.

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