Sunday, August 20, 2017

Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi develop breakthrough computer chip security technology

Logic-locked chips represent significant development in securing technology hardware
Abu Dhabi, August 20, 2017: Researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi’s (NYUAD) Design for Excellence (Dfx) lab have developed new innovations in computer chip technology that present landmark achievements in IT security.  Secured by a secret key so that only authorized users may utilize them and immune to reverse-engineering, ‘logic-locked’ computer chips will provide future users with new guarantees of security for their devices.
As IT security rises to the forefront of public concern in the wake of recent cyber security attacks such as WannaCry and Petya ransomware, academic solutions have been investigated in order to secure future systems from hackers. With any electronic device claiming to be “smart” containing a chip, from cell phones and computers to airplanes and medical devices, chip security has become a subject of priority amid the broadening debate surrounding measures for cyber defence. 

“Traditionally, security features are implemented at the software or system levels; for the first time, we have security implemented at the lowest possible level, the hardware level. This is quite important because if the hardware is compromised, there is no software or system security fix,” explained NYUAD Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Head of Dfx Ozgur Sinanoglu.
“This chip can be unlocked only by loading the secret binary key on its memory. Without it, the chip will not work. Only when the secret key has been loaded will the microprocessor unit inside execute the program loaded on its memory, ” he added.
NYUAD’s Dfx research team designed two different chips over the past year, utilizing commercial and in-house developed software tools to help them build a baseline chip as well as their logic-locked chip. These are microcontroller chips with mainly an ARM microprocessor unit; they allow you to load a software program onto their memory, which they may then execute, allowing users to design a computational system or computer around them. The team at NYUAD are now pursuing a platform that will enable the research community to validate the security of their new solution through extensive red-team blue-team testing. 

Through their research at NYUAD, the Dfx team have surged ahead in the field of solution development for IT security, Sinanoglu explained: “The industry is slowly developing solutions, but they are early solutions that are not as of yet so secure. Academia is quite ahead in the game, with various research groups working on this area. Our solution is the first one that is provably secure, based on mathematical security definitions and security proofs as well as implemented on a real chip.”
“Our goal is to make all electronics truly trustworthy. We are now in a position where we can take any chip design and transform it into one that is secure at the hardware level, which means we can work with design companies to help them produce protected computer chips,” Sinanoglu added.

The paper containing the extensive research conducted by NYUAD’s Dfx team into logic-locking technology will be presented in November at this year’s edition of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS 2017), the leading cyber security conference in the world.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Moms Incorporated

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For the people who knows me well…  Thank you for all your support and for your continuing visit to this site, I may not be able to update this from time to time, rest assure that in my heart, I know,  I need to find the space and time to do this blog of my life  hehehehehe…… so ok, enough with the drama!! 

Life they say is a mixture of Failures and success, we all go thru the process of failures and for sure, we all have that moment of happiness due to great success.  I chatted with a friend the other day, it’s amazing how time flies, when we are in college we used to talk about projects, program codes (yeah!!! I’m one of them peace!!), fashion, events, food and anything alike. This time, we are much into households, raising up kids, business and so on… she asked me, how I am able to manage a very busy household, 3 kids and having a top position at work.

Hmmmm…… actually, I’m a superwoman, I acquired a great powers from my ancestor who has given me a stone to swallow whenever, I needed a boost of energy and to be in places in one time !! That’s my secret…!! (bwahahaha….)  and I seriously wish I have the stone haaayyyyyy…… my goodness!! 

Kidding aside!!

Honestly, I am able to iron things out by simply going into the process of trials, failures and struggles from that, I created a better logistics and make it work. 

Always remember to seek advice from those who mastered the challenges in life than to those who uses the experiences of others.  There's a difference between being a witness and being in the actual situation when all your life lines are out and you are in face of your own egg crying out loud wanting something you do not understand. 
Life is all about balance, compromise and adjusting into the hard times, it’s like experiencing emotional pain, it’s inside of you, it hurts, you can’t make it go away in an instant but in time you’ll know how to live with it!! 

In life, there is nothing we can’t do!!! Humans just like you and me are created with a highest forms of intelligence, use it in a way to make your life better and a fulfilling one!!

Have a blessed Saturday Everyone!!!!