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Not the Who but the What -- New applications of Hardware Identity

Hal Aldridge

Hal Aldridge - Sypris

Nov 14, 2012

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Abstract

An essential part of security is controlling access. Traditional access control depends on the a person's ability to prove their identity and the access control system's ability to verify their identity. For computer access, a person usually carries some combination of methods to prove their identity (password, token, and/or biometric). What if a thing needs access instead of a person? It is easy enough to embed a secret into software or hardware so a device can identify itself, but how do you ensure the integrity of that data and the identity of the device? This presentation will discuss challenges of ensuring the device is what it claims to be, how the supply chain effects the assurance level of that identity, new technologies that can be used to provide hardware based identity, and other security features than can be enabled by the secure device identity.

About the Speaker

Hal Aldridge is Director of Engineering at Sypris Electronics in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Aldridge has lead Cybersecurity Research and Development efforts at Sypris Electronics since joining in 2008. Prior to joining Sypris, Dr. Aldridge lead development of unmanned systems for space and security applications at Northrop Grumman and NASA. Dr. Aldridge is active with advanced cybersecurity research at organizations including Purdue University CERIAS and Carnegie Mellon University CyLab. Dr. Aldridge has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University specializing in fault tolerant robotic control systems for space applications. Dr. Aldridge's research interests include trusted computing, secure cyber-physical systems, and fault tolerant systems.

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