Evaluating System on a Chip Design Security

Abstract:

In this paper, the security of an increasingly popular concept called System on a Chip (SoC) is considered. SoC consists of pairing a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and a processor on a single chip. The researchers contend that security is permanently influenced by initial design decisions; and, if aware of the trade-offs, designers incorporating SoCs into their systems can improve security of their applications. Previous publications on design guidance focus on capabilities and implementation details without addressing system-level security decisions or offering advice on meeting security goals. This paper helps to evaluate the security requirements and recommends varied levels of protections.


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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Air Force Institute of Technology Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton,OH, U.S.A.

Patrick Reber is a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University, and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (with an emphasis on Cyber-Physical System [CPS] security) from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Air Force Institute of Technology Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton,OH, U.S.A.

Dr. Scott Graham is an Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He earned a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004. His research interests focus on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs), the interaction of computer architecture, networks, and security for critical infrastructure protection. His current focus is on vehicle cyber security, both within and between vehicles.

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C2
C2S
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