HWS
Hardware Security

John Oakley, Director

Focusing on tools, techniques, and strategies for the design and manufacture of trustworthy chips and systems.

Overview

The growing scale and complexity of information networks and embedded systems, and our increasing reliance upon them, are accompanied by challenges and risks.  Are the networks and systems on which we depend trustworthy and secure?  Are they resistant to unintended access, tampering and counterfeiting?

The Hardware Security Research Program is focused on developing strategies, techniques, and tools to provide assurance that electronic systems will perform as intended. Such assurance is a function of processes and tools integrated across all steps of design, manufacture, and distribution.  In order to build a technological foundation that business and government can use to make systems that are trustworthy and secure, there is a need for fundamental, multidisciplinary research that spans architecture, design and manufacture. 

The Hardware Security Research Program is an industry consortium that partners with government agencies to fund university research — building and coordinating an academic network, generating new ideas and understanding, and providing a pipeline of relevantly educated talent. Member companies set the research agenda and get early and easy access to research and researchers, while leveraging their investment.

For more information, please contact John Oakley.

Research Focus

  • Handling for Dynamics Created by Future Artificial Intelligence devices
  • Real-time Attack Awareness and Mitigation Strategies
  • Security Metrics and Hardware Security Properties
  • Taxonomy of Security Attacks/Flaws (like side channels)
  • Counterfeit Detection and Avoidance
  • Enabling Security by Design
  • Security Verification and Validation

T3S is now Hardware Security

  1. The Hardware Security Research Program was rebranded in 2020 from Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems (T3S) to better match industry member interest. The original NSF joint workshop report which launched this program can be found here from 2013.

HWS Metrics

  1. Current

    28 Research Tasks
    24 Universities
    58 Students
    39 Faculty Researchers
    46 Liaison Personnel
  2. This Year

    10 Task Starts
    138 Research Publications
    4 Patent Applications
  3. Last Year

    7 Task Starts
    145 Research Publications
    5 Patent Applications
  4. Since Inception

    82 Research Tasks
    53 Universities
    197 Students
    103 Faculty Researchers
    120 Liaison Personnel
    897 Research Publications
    23 Patent Applications
    5 Patents Granted
Updated: 29-Nov-2020, 12:05 a.m. ET

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