ARM has announced the acquisition of Offspark, the leading IoT security software company. The Dutch company specializes in IoT communications security and its PolarSSL technology is already deployed in a wide variety of devices including sensor modules, communication modules and smartphone. The acquisition will help the developers using the ARM® mbed platform to design and build IoT products with world-class communication security and software cryptography.
Speaking about the acquisition, Krisztian Flautner, general manager, IoT business, ARM, “We have always said that security must be the foundation of any IoT system and the acquisition of Offspark is evidence of us making that happen. 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.”
Paul Bakker, CEO, Offspark, said, “ARM is undeniably the front-runner in the embedded world and combining with them is the perfect way of scaling our business. 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.”
PolarSSL is the IoT industry’s most pervasive 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.