Physical attacks: past, present, future
Berk Sunar
Speaker: Berk Sunar
In the last 15 years we have witnessed the proliferation of physical attacks targeting security systems. Physical attacks, and more specifically side-channel attacks, tend to be more successful than traditional information channel only attacks as they provide significantly more information about the inner computations of a cryptographic system. Practice has shown that side-channel attacks easily compromise the security of many cryptographic implementations which otherwise would be considered impervious to purely information-channel based attacks. In this talk we present an overview of the growth of physical attacks. Our goal is not only to provide a bigger picture view of the field, but to speculate on emerging applications of physical attacks which might be of interest to the side-channel research community. We will pay special attention to cyberphysical and autonomous systems. Applications include self-driving cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, and healthcare assistive robots.
About the speaker:
Berk Sunar received his BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 1995 and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from Oregon State University in December 1998. After briefly working as a member of the research faculty at Oregon State University, Sunar has joined Worcester Polytechnic Institute as an Assistant Professor. Since July 2006, he is serving as an Associate Professor. He is currently heading the Cryptography and Information Security Laboratory (CRIS). Sunar received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2002. He was the co-editor of CHES 2005, WAIFI 2007 and of the Journal of Cryptology Special Issue on Hardware and Security, in 2009. He is currently serving as Associate Editor for to the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the Springer Journal of Cryptographic Engineering Journals. His research interests include efficient cryptography and hardware security. Sunar is a member of the IEEE Computer Society, and the International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR) professional societies.