Leadership in Embedded Security Workshop
The Cybersecurity Taskforce of the CCC will hold an “embedded security” visioning workshop on August 13th, co-located with the 27th USENIX Security Symposium. The workshop co-chairs are Wayne Burleson (UMass Amherst), Kevin Fu (CCC Cybersecurity Taskforce Chair, University of Michigan), and Farinaz Koushanfar (UCSD).
Embedded systems such as pacemakers, autonomous vehicles, and the Internet of Things often have real-time constraints and electromechanical components that lead to qualitatively different vulnerabilities and solutions from traditional computing systems. Embedded security is the study of physical properties, computational properties, and human factors to protect such embedded systems from attack.
Participants will consist of invited faculty members, industrial researchers, and government agency program managers selected based upon submission of a thought-provoking one-page position statement on embedded security.
We plan to invite several international speakers to lend perspectives on successful strategies for funding embedded security research overseas. Confirmed panelists include:
- US: Sam Fuller, CTO Emeritus of Analog Devices
- China: Wenyuan Xu, University of South Carolina
- Korea: Yongdae Kim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
- UK: Ross Anderson, University of Cambridge
The desired outcome of the meeting is a white paper synthesized from discussions and position papers to inform the National Science Foundation and other executive branch agencies on national strategic directions for academic research in embedded security to address gaps in knowledge and the student pipeline.
If you are interested in attending the workshop, please complete the application and submit the requested materials, including a one-page position paper, here by June 1st. The workshop organizers will notify the selected attendees by June 15th. Please see the application tab for more information about the application process.
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will cover travel expenses for all participants who desire it. Participants are asked to make their own travel arrangements to get to the workshop, including purchasing airline tickets. Following the workshop, CCC will circulate a reimbursement form that participants will need to complete and submit, along with copies of receipts for amounts exceeding $75.
In general, standard Federal travel policies apply: CCC will reimburse for non-refundable economy airfare on U.S. Flag carriers; and no alcohol will be covered.
For more information, please see the Guidelines for Participant Reimbursements from CCC.
Additional questions about the reimbursement policy should be directed to Ann Drobnis, CCC Director (adrobnis [at] cra.org).
The workshop participants will be selected from among the responses to a call for 1-page position papers that address:
- a grand challenge,
- at a time-scale of 5-10 years out,
- requiring multiple experts or subdisciplines,
- identifying gaps in research,
- and presenting compelling opportunities for embedded security research.
The following list suggests some possible topics for the position papers, but any embedded security topic is welcome. This list is not exhaustive, but represents the broad definition of embedded security.
- Threat Models in Embedded Security
- Side channels: Passive and Active
- Sensors and Actuators
- Physical attacks and defenses
- Counterfeiting, trojans
- Reverse engineering
- IP theft
- Third party IP integration
- Anti-counterfeit, anti-tamper, obfuscation
- Embedded crypto: Symmetric and asymmetric, secure hashing, TRNG
- Energy-constrained security
- IP protection and tracing
- Embedded Security Design Patterns
- Computer architecture
- HW-SW co-design
- Industrial controls
- Autonomous vehicles
- Medical devices
- Smart homes
- Operational Technology
- Cyberphysical Security
- Human Factors in Embedded Systems: Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Policy
- Post-Quantum Cryptography in Embedded Systems
- Security Economics
- Protecting Legacy Systems
If you are interested in attending the workshop, please complete the application and submit the requested materials, including a one-page position paper, here by June 1st. The workshop organizers will notify the selected attendees by June 15th.
The CCC will offer travel reimbursement for all participants who desire it. See the logistics tab for more information.