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Hardware Security

Course Summary

In this course, we will study security and trust from the hardware perspective. Upon completing the course, students will understand the vulnerabilities in current digital system design flow and the physical attacks to these systems. They will learn that security starts from hardware design and be familiar with the tools and skills to build secu

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    Course Syllabus

    Trust in digital system design

    • Vulnerability in combinational logic
    • Vulnerability in sequential logic and finite state machine
    • Hardware Trojan Horse
    • Circuit obfuscation

    Side-channel attacks

    • Power analysis
    • Timing attacks
    • ElectroMagnetic analysis     

    Physical attacks

    • Fault injection attack
    • Smart card security
    • Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) security

    Emerging hardware security topics

    • Trust Platform Modules (TPM)
    • Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF)
    • True Random Number Generators (TRNG)
    • RFID tag
    • Counterfeiting
    • Intellectual property protection

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    Recommended Background

    • Junior-level undergraduate students with computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering major.
    • Basic skills in programming, digital logic design, and computer organization are highly recommended.

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1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Development & Implementations , IT Security & Architecture and Hardware Community

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