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“Connected Everything” Hardware Security Attacks – 2021
September 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PDT
A demonstration of “side-channel” attacks and a conversation about strategies to solve these problems.
We see major security breaches on everything connected every day – phones, computers, networks, power grids, and even the government. The techniques behind security breaches or attacks are generally made through the ports of a device and are well known and understood across the industry.
However, what’s not so well known, is that unintended emissions or leakage such as electromagnetic radiation or fluctuations in a device’s power line can fuel a class of dangerous and worrisome security attacks, potentially compromising the cryptographic material at the very heart of the device’s security. Initially, these attacks were initially only targeted towards Smart Cards but recently now are being increasingly targeted towards complex System on Chip (SoC) devices.
From a security perspective, this leakage, which was once thought of as relatively innocent, actually emits key clues as to what is going on inside a device and will even show when an encryption algorithm is being processed. Coupled with AI and smart analysis of this leakage, it’s now possible for bad actors to break into all devices and take full control.
The Wireless Communications Alliance invites you to witness a demonstration of how these “side-channel” attacks work in practice and show how device developers are testing and measuring security robustness to better protect and thwart against these attacks.
We will show sophisticated attacks using side-channel or physical fault injection techniques that are practical and may compromise a system – sometimes faster and easier than might have been expected. Highlighting the attacks based on modern techniques targeting recent devices and SoCs, this talk will introduce the concept of side-channel or physical fault injection and provide practical insights about their realization, potential consequences, and cost trade-offs.
● 1:00 – 1:05: Event Introductions and Acknowledgements – Moderator Introduction
● 1:05 – 1:55: Demo, Presentation and Q&A Moderation
● 1:55 – 2:00: Q&A Panel and Thank you note and closure