Common Risks to IP Security
IP security is critical. Yet, semiconductor IPs can be compromised by real-world IP security threats. Unless you do something about it.
The final SoC is a patchwork of IPs with various origins, quality levels, and sometimes poorly understood attack surfaces. To assure security, you need the right solution.
What You Need in an IP Security Assurance Solution
To successfully assure IP security, mitigate security risks, and stop security threats, you need the right solution.
Traceability, in particular, is critical to IP security. You need an IP security solution that can track your IP throughout versions and designs, giving you visibility into your IPs. Even when they’re reused.
Integrations are also critical to IP security. For example, an integration with a defect tracking tool will help you understand which IPs are affected when a security vulnerability is detected.
Here are some of the key functionalities you need to assure security:
- Bill of materials (BoM).
- Metadata management.
- IP management.
- Workspace management.
- Design data management.
- IP Geofencing.
- Engineering systems integrations.
How the Perforce IP Security Solution Works
Methodics IPLM For IP Security Assurance
Methodics IPLM is the Perforce solution for IP security assurance for your IPs and SoCs.
That’s because Methodics IPLM:
- Makes it easy to manage 100s of IPs.
- Helps you understand each IP’s attack surface.
- Keeps track of changes to your IPs over time, establishing full design traceability.
In fact, Methodics IPLM is the definitive, single source of truth for all of the IP content in every chip in the enterprise. You can use this IPLM platform to connect design information throughout an enterprise — from origin to the delivery of the final design.
Designers, SoC assemblers, and security experts can all collaborate in Methodics IPLM. They’ll be able to determine exactly which version of which IP was used in each design.
Plus, Methodics IPLM integrates with engineering systems, including Helix Core for data management and defect tracking tools. This makes it easy for you to see what IP and design assets are impacted whenever a security vulnerability is found. A vulnerability can be annotated on the exact versions of impacted IPs — and corrected in later versions.
Stay Protected With IP Geofencing
Geofencing restricts IP availability in certain geographies, regardless of access.
A unique capability in the IPLM space, the Methodics IPLM platform enables IP geofencing by:
- Allowing IPs to carry “include” and “exclude” lists of geographies.
- Restricting IPs, regardless of access permissions, based on these lists.
- IP data cannot reside in user workspaces or caches in these restricted geographies.
- IP metadata cannot be visible or extracted in these geographies.
With IP geofencing, you can minimize IP leakage (which can potentially cost millions of dollars) and bring your organization into compliance with EAR and ITAR.
Get Started With Methodics IPLM
Find out how Methodics IPLM can help you assure IP security. Get in touch with an IP expert today.