Intel launches component security initiative

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
5 December 2019

Intel Corp has launched an initiative to validate the security of components.

The chipmaker said its Compute Lifecycle Assurance (CLA) initiative would “provide assurances of platform integrity in every stage of the compute lifecycle”.

The company said globalisation had “created an environment of complicated supply chains with limited transparency” and CLA would “substantially improve transparency” and “provide higher levels of assurance”.

CLA is based on four stages – build, transfer, operate and retire. “Starting at the design stage then deep integration with sourcing and manufacturing, how do you confirm the integrity of a platform and its component devices?” said Intel.

“Is it designed and built in a trusted manner? Is the platform assembled in a trusted facility, with proper controls in place to not only establish the time of manufacture, but also to ensure the necessary levels of traceability?”

Intel said it would create a community around a “common defined framework for platform assurance” because “it is too big and too important for any single organisation to tackle alone”.

Leslie Culbertson, executive vice president and general manager of product assurance and security at Intel, said: “In today’s increasingly complex environment, we want to provide our customers with a full range of tools and solutions that deliver assurances of integrity throughout the entire lifetime of a platform.

“This starts with a security-first approach to design. It continues as platforms change custody, ownership and physical location several times during their assembly, transportation and provisioning.

“Once operational, they may then require updates for optimal performance and security.

“Finally upon retirement from service, platforms should ensure the confidentiality of data that was transmitted, erased or stored.”

Separately, Huawei has mounted a legal challenge to a ban on telecoms companies in the US using a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fund to buy Huawei equipment.

The company said it was asking the court to “hold the FCC’s order unlawful on the grounds that it fails to offer Huawei required due process protections in labelling Huawei as a national security threat”.

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