Samsung has now developed a new SE (Secure Element) chip and advanced security software to efficiently secure important and sensitive data on mobile phones. The new chip (named S3FV9RR) offers protection for booting, isolated storage, mobile payments, and other applications. It has also achieved a CCEAL (Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level) of 6+. It is the highest level ever acquired by a mobile component from Common Criteria to certify the security level of IT products from EAL0 to EAL7. The senior Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics, Dongho Shin shared more details in a press release about the new SE chip of the company.
Shin said, “In this era of mobility and contact-less interactions, we expect our connected devices, such as smartphones or tablets, to be highly secure so as to protect personal data and enable fin-tech activities such as mobile banking, stock trading, and cryptocurrency transactions. Samsung is mounting a powerful deadbolt on smart devices to safeguard private information with the new S3FV9RR (standalone security element solution). The new security solution of the company is an advancement that builds on its predecessor, the S3K250AF and it was first deployed in the Samsung Galaxy S20. It is noteworthy that this first generation SE chip was CC EAL 5+ certified, but the new chip is CC EAL 6+ certified.
Point to be noted that the CC EAL 6+ certification is initially utilized in devices and applications acquiring the most stringent security requirements such as flagship smartphones, e-passports, and hardware wallets for storing cryptocurrency. The new SE chip also supports hardware-based RoT (the root of trust), secure boot, and device authentication to bring mobile security to the next level. Samsung’s new security solution can even work independently from the security performance of the device’s main processor. The secure booting process is handled by RoT. It helps to protect the device against malicious attacks as well as unauthorized software updates.