Samsung debuts new mobile security chip with highest certification to date

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Samsung has revealed a new component for its future flagship phones, and it’s something that you likely won’t even notice or see on the specifications list of the device – a new mobile security chip.

This latest offering, which is described as a standalone turnkey security solution is made up of two elements – a secure element chip and enhanced security software – that’s designed to work in tandem to help protect against a number of smartphone-related transactions such as booting, isolated storage, mobile payments.

Added to this, the latest security chip is Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certified, which is the highest level acquired by a mobile component, according to Samsung.

It is also the second security chip that the South Korean firm debuted this year, with the previous iteration appearing in February and running in the Galaxy S20 lineup of devices.

As such, the new S3FV9RR security chip as it has been christened, will likely appear in the Galaxy Note 20 series that Samsung will debut later this year.

Those consumers who purchase the Galaxy Note 20 will then be getting a number of stringent security protocols embedded within the device.

“The new security solution is a state-of-the-art component that offers higher assurance levels than its predecessor’s CC EAL 5+ with an industry-leading CC EAL 6+ certified-hardware secure element, S3FV9RR, and powerful security software,” explains Samsung.

“CC EAL 6+ is utilized in applications that demand the most stringent security requirements in the market such as flagship smartphones, e-passports and hardware wallets for cryptocurrency,” the firm adds.

As more people embrace remote working in the COVID-19 and lockdown era, smartphone security will become increasingly important, and now Samsung says it was the necessary components to ensure its flagship phone users stay protected.

As for when this technology will filter to the mid-range and entry-level devices though, remains to be seen.

“As a standalone solution, the new security solution can work independently from the security performance of the device’s main processor. This makes the solution extremely versatile, expanding the security capabilities of mobile devices, IoT applications, and other devices in all performance levels,” concludes the firm.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.