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Road to ESC Boston: Silicon vs. the Bad Guys

ESC keynoter Joerg Borchert, VP of chip-card and security ICs for Infineon Technologies North America.
ESC keynoter Joerg Borchert, VP of chip-card and security ICs for Infineon Technologies North America.

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Alexander Wolfe
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Silicon-based security
Alexander Wolfe   11/16/2011 3:43:56 PM
As awareness of Stuxnet continues to resonant in the automation sector, I believe we're going to see a push towards hardware-based security in embedded settings. Of course, Intel is driving this from the vendor side, via their purchase of McAfee and research into security instructions and execution on the microprocessor/microcontroller itself.

Beth Stackpole
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What about the downsides?
Beth Stackpole   8/31/2011 8:26:51 AM
Every security technology, whether software or hardware-based has their own set of vulnerabilities. Any sense of what the potential downsides or risks are with a silicon-based approach vs. traditional software security methods?

Alexander Wolfe
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Stuxnet Stokes Fears
Alexander Wolfe   8/30/2011 1:39:47 PM
I'm struck by how rapidly security seems to be moving into hardware. An added impetus will likely come from the increased awareness (aka fear) that Stuxnet has stirred up in the factory/automation sector. I wrote a little bit about this last month, here.

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