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The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has announced the launch of its USB Type-C Authentication Program. The specification defines cryptography-based authentication for USB-C chargers and devices.

USB-IF is a non-profit organization working on the promotion and adoption of USB technology. The new program, which comes with a specification, aims to prevent malware from spreading from infected devices and to prevent data from being leaked if a device falls into the wrong hands. This is possible via USB.

The protocol allows systems to confirm the authenticity of a USB device, cable or charger. This includes the capabilities of the device and the status of the certificate. This all happens at the moment that a connection is made, but before electricity or data can be transported.

For example, if a user wants to charge his phone with a public charger, for example in a shopping mall, the device remains safe. For example, the phone could use a policy that only certified chargers can charge it. A company can set up policies for its PCs, allowing them to access only verified USB storage devices.

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Products that use the protocol maintain control over the security policies that are implemented and maintained. The protocol also uses 128-bit security for all cryptographic methods.

At the moment, the programme is only a recommendation. The program gives OEMs the “flexibility to implement a security framework that best suits their specific product requirements,” said Jeff Ravencraft, president and COO of USB-IF. “As the USB C ecosystem continues to grow, companies can continue to offer the security that consumers have come to expect from certified USB devices.

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