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.
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?
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.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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