ARM aquires Internet of Things security firm Offspark

British computer chip designer ARM has acquired Offspark, a Dutch company that specialises in security software for the Internet of Things (IoT). The firm, based on the outskirts of The Hague, has deployed PolarSSL technology in a wide range of devices including sensor modules, communication modules and smartphones.

The PolarSSL library is a dual licensed implementation of the SSL and TLS protocols that aims to be “easy to understand, use, integrate and expand”. As part of the acquisition by ARM, PolarSSL has been rebranded as mbed TLS. ARM has not revealed the financial details of the deal.

Security considerations are a key issue with networked devices, and the purchase is a another sign of that ARM wants a big piece of the IoT action. ARM purchased Finnish IoT firm Sensinode in 2013.

“We have always said that security must be the foundation of any IoT system and the acquisition of Offspark is evidence of us making that happen,” said Krisztian Flautner, general manager of the IoT business for ARM. … (read more)