24 March 2021 | Virtual Conference & Vendor Forum

SIMs, eSIMs and Secure Elements: Providing a Roadmap to Dynamic Security and Flexible Control for Connected Devices


SIMs, eSIMs and Secure Elements: Providing a Roadmap to Dynamic Security and Flexible Control for Connected Devices

Today, SIMs & Secure Elements (SEs) are well proven hardware components, enabling various devices to be connected and trusted across many different applications such as payment, travel and authentication for example. With many global industry players such as OEM/device manufacturers, IoT service providers, MNOs and automotive companies now deploying these technologies, worldwide recognition is growing for their unique ability to deliver flexible control over a connected object’s lifetime. In addition to being well placed to enable authenticated and flexible connectivity to networks, the technologies have their own Secure Execution Environment (with a dedicated CPU, memory, cryptographic co-processor, communication interfaces etc); they can therefore be used to execute sensitive programmes and provide dynamic security to both a device and its services.

This presentation will explain the value proposition of the SIM, eSIM and SE as secure computers that can deliver advanced security and cryptographic services to prevent IoT deployments from attacks.

Delegates will receive an insight into the security services provided by these secure components and an explanation of how they align with the guidelines and recommendations provided by globally recognised industry cyber security experts, with the GSMA IoT Security guidelines and the recent ETSI 103 645 standards inspired by the UK Code of Practices.

The presentation will also address the importance of remote management capabilities to ensure the longevity and integrity of devices and applications, through the delivery of dynamic security and operational updates. It will explain how the technologies are already proving to be flexible platforms capable of addressing many technical deployment challenges, as well as challenges associated with security use cases over a connected object’s lifetime.

Topics that will be covered include:
• An introduction to the role of the SIM, eSIM and SE as a secure, tiny computer which is capable of executing operating systems and programmes, keys and certificate data, and communicating with a device and its cloud service to provide dynamic security.
• Current thinking on IoT security concerns and requirements: what industry influencers / governments are saying and doing.