For chip designers, security is especially vital due to the valuable IP used in the process. Unfortunately, chip security is becoming more complex, expensive, and resource-intensive.
Although cloud providers have improved security dramatically, startups and chip designers still feel some trepidation about developing chips in the cloud. Many companies believe designing and securing chips on-premises seems less risky.
Cloud security, however, is actually the safer choice if you don’t have the resources and staff to invest in on-premises security tools to meet the changing requirements of chip security.
The cloud is generally secure, but it is essential for users to create and maintain a secure environment for chip design and verification projects. To protect your data and IP in a cloud environment, you should:
- Activate multifactor authentication
- Provide your own encryption keys
- Limit access to your data by IP address
- Make sure your cloud provider is audited
Cloud-based chip design and verification cannot succeed without strong security. Therefore, you need to incorporate security into the chip design process from the beginning.