IEEE CS Webinar: IEEE Oregon Section Technical Seminar - Hardware Security and Assurance: The Power of Reverse Engineering
Guest Speaker: Domenic Forte, Senior IEEE Member, Associate Professor and Steven A. Yatauro Faculty Fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida
When: October 28th 6-7 pm
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Date and Time
- Date: 28 Oct 2021
- Time: 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
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- Online Meeting, Oregon
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Sohrab Aftabjahani, PhD
IEEE Oregon Section Computer Society Chapter Chair
Senior IEEE Member, Senior ACM Member
- Starts 22 October 2021 12:15 AM
- Ends 28 October 2021 04:30 PM
- All times are US/Pacific
- No Admission Charge
Domenic Forte, Senior IEEE Member, Associate Professor and Steven A. Yatauro Faculty Fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida
Hardware Security and Assurance: The Power of Reverse Engineering
Traditional cybersecurity focuses on software and networking and relies on an inherent trust of the underlying hardware. However, the argument that hardware is inherently trustworthy is no longer accurate. The economics of the modern semiconductor industry has created a horizontal supply chain that involves more and more untrusted organizations and IPs. With lesser oversight over supply chains, state level attackers and other hackers can surreptitiously modify integrated circuits (ICs), printed circuit boards (PCBs), and firmware (FW) with hardware Trojans, kill switches, backdoors, and other malware. In addition, e-waste, obsolescence, geopolitical events, and pandemic-related disruptions are incentivizing and facilitating counterfeit electronics.
Hardware assurance refers to activities to ensure a level of confidence that electronics function as intended and are free of known vulnerabilities, either intentionally or unintentionally inserted into a system's hardware throughout its life cycle. Although reverse engineering is often presented in a negative light, it may be the only foolproof method for providing hardware assurance, especially for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) ICs and PCBs where little prior information is available. In this talk, we shall present the recent advances in side-channel based FW reverse engineering as well as IC/PCB reverse engineering steps: delayering, imaging, automated image analysis, and automated annotation. Further, we will delineate the scenarios where reverse engineering can support hardware security and assurance. Finally, we will describe the gaps that need to be filled before realizing the ideal hardware assurance flows.
Domenic Forte is an Associate Professor and the Steven A. Yatauro Faculty Fellow with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Florida. His research covers the domain of hardware security from nano devices to printed circuit boards (PCBs) where he has nearly 200 publications. Dr. Forte is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the ACM, and serves on the organizing committees of top conferences in hardware security such as HOST and AsianHOST. He also serves and has served on the technical program committees of DAC, ICCAD, NDSS, ITC, ISTFA, BTAS, and many more. Dr. Forte is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (ECASE) by Army Research Office (ARO), the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award, and the ARO Young Investigator Award. His research has also been recognized with best paper awards and nominations from IJCB, ISTFA, HOST, DAC, and AHS.
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* Please contact Sohrab Aftabjahani , IEEE Oregon Computer Society Chapter Chair, if you are interested to serve as an officer for this chapter as a few officer positions are open.