Secure Boot Process for FPGAs presented at CYSEC 2020

by Fareena Saqib,


Summary : Compromise of boot process, access and control of a single sensor ormicro-controller by a hacker can lead to full control on entire electronic network. This situation is expanding rapidly posing serious security and privacy challenge to manufacturers as well as customers/operators,and requires immediate and tactfully strategic solution to avoid conceivable property and human losses and to counter the advantage made available to adversaries by the increasing complexity of software and hardware and the additional flexibility provided by mobile devices to interact with these systems. The talk will introduce the hardware security primitives to improve the resilience against boot attacks. Secure boot processes that counter the theft or compromise of secret information, e.g., keys for encryption. The talk will overview FPGA boot process, and discuss the state of the art secure boot processes.