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CSIS Seminar

High-Level Approaches to Hardware and Embedded Security

Speaker:   Ramesh Karri, New York University
When:   November 30, 2023, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:   Fenwick 1040, Fenwick Library


As designers increasingly rely on third-party intellectual property (IP) cores and outsourcing in the integrated circuit (IC) design and manufacturing process, security vulnerabilities have been on the rise. This has forced both IC designers and end users to re-evaluate their trust in ICs, as unprotected ICs are susceptible to reverse engineering, IP piracy, and the insertion of malicious circuits and backdoors. In this talk, I will present High-Level Design for Trust techniques that my group has developed to address these threats: Locking of Designs and Secure Sourcing of IPs for High-Level Integration. Implementing built-in locking mechanisms aims to prevent reverse engineering. Secure Sourcing thwarts Trojan insertion in third-party IPs. I will wrap up the presentation by emphasizing the importance of hardware security from economic, security, and safety standpoints, and share my vision for the exciting field of hardware cybersecurity

Speaker Bio

Ramesh Karri is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University. He co-directs the NYU Center for Cyber Security (http://cyber.nyu.edu). He co-founded the Trust-Hub (http://trust-hub.org) and founded/organizes the Embedded Systems Challenge (https://csaw.engineering.nyu.edu/esc), the annual red-blue team event. Ramesh Karri holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California at San Diego, and a B.E in ECE from Andhra University. With a focus on hardware cybersecurity, his research and educational endeavors encompass trustworthy ICs, processors, and cyber-physical systems; security-aware computer-aided design, test, verification, validation, and reliability; nano meets security; hardware security competitions, benchmarks, and metrics; biochip security; and additive manufacturing security. Ramesh has published over 300 articles in prestigious journals and conferences. A Fellow of IEEE, Ramesh's work on hardware cybersecurity has earned numerous best paper award nominations (ICCD 2015 and DFTS 2015) and awards (ITC 2014, CCS 2013, DFTS 2013, VLSI Design 2012, ACM Student Research Competition at DAC 2012, ICCAD 2013, DAC 2014, ACM Grand Finals 2013, Kaspersky Challenge, and Embedded Security Challenge). He has also received the Humboldt Fellowship and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Ramesh is the Editor in Chief of the ACM Journal of Emerging Computing Technologies and an Associate Editor for IEEE and ACM journals. He's had leadership roles in various IEEE conferences like ICCD, HOST, DFTS, and others. He served as an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor from 2013-2015 and was on the Executive Committee for Security@DAC from 2014-2017. Additionally, he's been on multiple PCs and delivered keynotes on Hardware Security and Trust at events like ESRF, DAC, MICRO.