Accellera Forms IP Security Assurance Working Group

Proposed standard will focus on known security concerns

Elk Grove, Calif., September 6, 2018 -- Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera), the electronics industry organization focused on the creation and adoption of electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) standards, announced today the formation of the IP Security Assurance Working Group. The charter of the new working group is to provide a security assurance standard for hardware IP and its associated components to address security risks when integrated into embedded systems.

The formation of the IP Security Assurance Working Group (IPSA WG), in accordance with Accellera procedures, follows Proposed Working Group (PWG) activity that has been open to industry input since April 2018. The PWG had 45 participants from 20 companies including Silicon providers, IP vendors and EDA and verification vendors. It has been meeting every two weeks since its inception to collect requirements, identify technical feasibility and industry interest and ultimately decide if it should move forward to develop the standard.

“As an industry organization, we are continually in search of and open to new opportunities to develop standards that improve design and verification productivity,” stated Lu Dai, Chair of Accellera. “The PWG demonstrated the clear need for a standard in this area, and the commitment from leaders in the industry was evident from the initial meeting.”

“The scope of this new working group is to focus on existing standards that pertain to IP specification, design, verification and integration where security risk is a concern,” stated Brent Sherman, IPSA WG Chair. “There is no standard available to address security assurance in the development and delivery of IP, and the stakeholders involved are committed to working toward a standard that is comprehensive, flexible and scalable. I look forward to working with the Accellera members to develop and deliver this new standard to the community.”

The new working group will be meeting every 2 weeks, with the first meeting on October 2, 2018. To find out more about the IPSA WG visit here. If you are not already an Accellera member and are interested in joining to participate in the working group, visit here.

Background on IP Security Assurance Working Group
There is a certain level of risk when integrating third-party IP (3PIP) into silicon. The risk stems from unknown behaviors that may occur once integrated, which could result as an exploitable vulnerability. Even if the source was provided, these unknowns may still exist since integrators typically treat 3PIP as “black-box” technology. Silicon owners need a security assurance standard for acceptance before integrating 3PIP in order to minimize risk in their products. High-quality silicon products are only such when they are built from high-quality IPs.

About Accellera Systems Initiative
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