Samsung today announced a new security solution for its Tizen-powered smart TVs, the comprehensive three-layer solution is called GAIA and it will be available on the entire 2016 line up of Samsung smart TVs. GAIA promises protection across all areas of the smart TV ecosystem including but not limited to software, services and hardware security.
“GAIA is a security solution that will give Samsung customers security and peace of mind now and in the future,” said Hyun Suk Kim, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics adding that “protecting consumers’ personal information is of the utmost importance to Samsung, both in terms of the company’s values and what’s needed for the continued growth and success of the IoT ecosystem.”
GAIA has a Secure Zone which is a virtual barrier that creates a secure space to protect core service operations. To protect consumers’ personal information such as credit card information or password it allows for virtual data input via a secure Keypad/Number Pad. Security is also promised by strengthening hardware, with Tizen OS being divided into two main parts which include the main and the security space, data for each space is then secured separately. The public key used for verifying personal information is included in the hardware chip itself. Samsung says that 2016 is going to be the year that the TV becomes the center for Internet of Things, no wonder the 2016 smart TVs will also double as SmartThings hubs, GAIA will go a long way in making sure that the end user experience remains safe and secure.