Doesn’t matter how much we try, nowadays hackers are always coming up with more and more sophisticated tools and firmware to take on nations with cyber attacks. The state can come up with some strategy to tackle these attacks but the end-users can not.
On Tuesday, Google, along with its partners, announced a new project called OpenTitan, to develop open-source secure chip designs. This project is first-ever open-source silicon root of trust (RoT) project that will work on high-quality chip designs for use in data center servers, storage, smartphones and more.
The silicon RoT technology developed under OpenTitan project can be used in motherboards, network cards, client devices (like laptops, phones), consumer routers and IoT devices.
Google has been using a custom made RoT chip, Titan, to ensure that machines in Google’s data centers are immune to all kinds of cyber attacks and are booted from trustworthy state with verified code. Royal Hansen, Vice President, Google, said that opening sourcing this silicon designs will make it more transparent, trustworthy and eventually highly secure.
Rizzo, OpenTitan Lead at Google Cloud, praised Google and its partners for spreading the benefits of reliable silicon RoT chips to customers and the rest of the industry. He also added that the best way to do so is to open source these secure silicon chip designs.
lowRISC, an independent not-for-profit company, supported by ETH Zurich, G+D Mobile Security, Nuvoton Technology, Western Digital, and Google, is working on the development of these Open Source, secure silicon chip designs for OpenTitan project.
OpenTitan will change the cybersecurity infrastructure with and it will be really helpful for chip manufacturers, platform providers and security-conscious enterprises, said Google.