Viaccess-Orca recruits Rambus to strengthen TV and STB security

Company looks to improve its VO Shield Root of Trust solution
By James Groves ,

Viaccess-Orca has teamed up with Rambus to improve its VO Shield Root of Trust (RoT) solution for dynamic security. 

Rambus, a digital security and services provider, has implemented its CryptoMedia Content Protection Core into VO Shield to enable a hardware RoT to be embedded directly in the multimedia chipset of devices, including TVs and set-top boxes.

"This collaboration will be a cutting-edge response to the compromises that exist in hardware devices used to watch pay-TV services," said Bret Sewell, SVP and general manager, Rambus Security Division.

"By adding our CryptoMedia Content Security Platform and Protection Core to its VO Shield solution, Viaccess-Orca will set a new standard for content security. We look forward to building on this collaboration and reaching new heights in content protection."

VO Shield allows operators to upgrade security by adding hardware-dedicated algorithms inside the chipset, strengthening the fight against chipset piracy.

The Rambus CryptoMedia Content Protection Core is a separate, on-chip security block that protects and stores cryptographic keys and computations from attacks. The core, said Rambus is “extremely resistant” to a wide range of attacks.

"We have been investigating several tracks in the silicon domain to strengthen our security offering, and Rambus provides best-in-class technology to protect against hardware compromises," said Cédric Hardouin, EVP, R&D, Viaccess-Orca.

"With CryptoMedia Content Protection Core already available in the chipsets of main silicon vendors, and roll-outs with Tier One operators expected to take place before the end of this year, Rambus offers a proven approach that greatly benefits our customers as they look to provide a superior and more secure content experience."