The JV is subject to the usual regulatory processes, but assuming it goes through it will be a great step forward for security, privacy and trust in our world full of smart connected devices.
For ARM, its customers and consumers, this is great news. Everyone in the security industry knows that security is all about systems: you get the best value when hardware, software and services work in harmony with the same clear protection strategy in place. The expertise of the 3 companies combined with proven track records in hardware, software and services means it will have a genuine positive impact on the lives of connected consumers.
But it's not only pure security that is exciting about this JV. They say that complexity is the enemy of security, and the same can be true when there are simply too many links in the chain and too many things for ordinary application developers to remember. The venture will share ARM's dedication to standards, making for an open and consistent security environment which can be relied upon, analyzed, and improved for the highest possible levels of trust and dependability.
And this is where the value really comes: when you have trust and standards you can rely on, you are free to do more, making the most of the powerful connected devices in your homes, in your cars and in your pockets. More of your digital life, in more places, under your control.
A lot of things get announced in the security industry, but this is truly one to watch.
Jon Geater, Director of Technology and Secure Services Division CTO, ARM, is responsible for vision, strategy and development of strong security technologies throughout the embedded and mobile ecosystem. Jon is an expert in cryptography and key management and has long and broad experience in the information security industry providing real-world Enterprise security solutions to financial services, telecoms, hi-tech and government organizations worldwide. Prior to joining ARM, Jon served as Director of Technical Strategy and Enterprise CTO at Thales e-security, and Director of Technical Strategy at nCipher Corporation, where he headed up design of cryptographic security products from embedded cryptography through MChip/CAP modules to Cloud security solutions.
Jon is a keen supporter of standardization and industry alliances. He has been corporate representative to bodies such as OASIS, TCG and the Cloud Security Alliance. He is co-founder of the OASIS KMIP key management group and has represented the group at prominent international conferences.
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