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Hardware Trojans vs. Logic Locking: Challenges and Opportunities | Dominik Šišejković | webinar 2021
As the designated root of trust, hardware is undoubtedly the most critical layer to security in modern electronic systems. However, due to the involvement of third parties in the integrated circuit design and fabrication flow, protecting the hardware against malicious modification, i.e., hardware Trojans, has become ever more complex. This challenge has triggered great interest in the academic and industrial sector to explore novel hardware design for trust methodologies. In particular, logic locking—a hardware obfuscation technique—has evolved as a prominent method to safeguard hardware designs throughout the integrated circuit supply chain.

In this talk, we take a holistic view on logic locking schemes. First, we analyse the role of this technology in protecting against hardware Trojans. Second, we take a closer look at the landscape of attack vectors that can compromise the security of logic locking. We further introduce an extensible framework for the application of logic locking policies to complex hardware designs and demonstrate its application for the development of the first logic-locked processor. Furthermore, we discuss the challenges and opportunities of logic locking in the era of machine learning. Finally, we take a look at logic locking in a beyond-CMOS setting.

Speaker Bio:
Dominik Šišejković received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in computing (software engineering and information systems) from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2014 and 2016 respectively. In September 2016, he started working as a Ph.D. student and research assistant at the Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems. Since September 2017, he is working as the Technical Project Officer of the EU-funded project TETRAMAX; facilitating technology transfer from academia to European SMEs. From October 2018, he is the Chief Engineer of the Chair for Software for Systems on Silicon.
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