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IAR Systems invests in IoT security by acquiring equity stake in Secure Thingz

Technology alliance to deliver secure product creation, deployment and lifecycle management for rapidly evolving IoT marketplace

Uppsala, Sweden—April 26, 2017—IAR Systems, a future-proof supplier of software tools and services for embedded development, today announced an alliance with Secure Thingz, a provider of advanced security solutions focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), to enable more secure, connected devices across their lifecycle. Additionally, IAR Systems announced it is taking an initial 10 percent equity stake in the company.

The alliance is primarily focused on technology innovation to simplify the integration of security and enable the management of critical intellectual property within the product development process. Industry analysts predict there will be 27 billion IoT connections in 2025, representing a $3 trillion revenue opportunity . However, delivering completely secure, embedded systems is a major challenge today, especially within high-growth markets such as critical infrastructure, Industrial IoT and automotive, as multiple high-profile security breaches have already impacted these industries. Secure Thingz delivers products and services for the development, deployment and management of next-generation, secure devices. IAR Systems offers complete software tools that ensure quality, reliability and efficiency in embedded development. The companies’ joint solutions will enable secure device identities and privileges, allowing manufacturers and users alike to establish secure supply chains of trust, from silicon device manufacture to end-user product deployment and updates.

“Traditional solutions for IoT security are unable to defend against rapidly advancing threats. The Secure Thingz approach, with our partners, focuses on delivering robust security foundations, which can be leveraged across the device lifecycle,” said Krishna Anne, President and CEO, Secure Thingz. “IAR Systems has a proven history of creating software tools and services for robust embedded development. Through our partnership, we will provide a one-stop solution to seamlessly integrate security and simplify the development process.”

“The best way to take advantage of the possibilities of the connected world is by sharing knowledge, establishing strong strategic alliances and providing new technology offerings. We are now investing in Secure Thingz as we believe its solutions really can create the necessary security in a world of connected devices and products,” said Stefan Skarin, CEO and President, IAR Systems. “The market for security is expected to grow enormously in many areas, especially due to rise of the IoT, and we plan to focus more on these specific areas, both to position us in the near future and in the long run.”

IAR Systems is the world’s leading supplier of software tools for developing embedded systems applications. The software enables over 19,000 large and small companies to develop premium products based on 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcontrollers, mainly in the areas of industrial automation, medical devices, consumer electronics, telecommunication, and automotive products. IAR Systems has an extensive network of partners and cooperates with the world’s leading semiconductor vendors. IAR Systems Group AB is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. For more information, please visit www.iar.com

Stefan Skarin, CEO, IAR Systems Group AB
email stefan.skarin@iar.com

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