Advances in Hardware Security Research

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Circuit and Signal Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2024 | Viewed by 392

Special Issue Editors

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., San Diego, CA 95616, USA
Interests: hardware security

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Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, University of the Peloponnese, 26334 Patras, Greece
Interests: integrated circuit design for security systems; encryption algorithms and signal processing systems; methods of searching for hardware trojans in integrated circuits; hardware design for embedded systems
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Codelucida Inc., USA, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA
Interests: hardware security; biochip security

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Integrated circuits (IC) have become ubiquitous in our everyday life ranging from smartphones to military-grade applications. The security of applications on these devices are critically dependent on the underlying IC or system-on-chip (SoC) that ensures the privacy, authenticity, and integrity of the entire solution stack. However, with the growth of third-party intellectual property (3-PIP) combined with the globalization of the IC supply chain, ease of access to critical assets has created soft targets for cybercriminals to perform malicious activities on the device. Consequently, this has led to calls for a re-evaluation of the trustworthiness of the underlying ICs.

Needless to say, protecting against these threats has become critical, especially given the high-value effort involved in IC design. Through this Special Issue, we aim to raise awareness about the emerging threats in the field of IC design and manufacturing. The articles will be of particular interest to professionals working in the hardware industry spanning the entire silicon ecosystem including design, technology, foundry, electronic-design automation (EDA), test, and in-field debugging. With a multi-disciplinary community effort, this Issue offers new insights in evaluating the state-of-the-art hardware security attacks and defenses that will provide a foundation for future endeavors. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. IP piracy/counterfeiting/overbuilding: Attacks and defenses;
  2. Hardware Trojans: Attacks and defenses;
  3. Hardware security: Primitives, architecture, and design and test;
  4. Side-channel analysis.

Dr. Abhrajit Sengupta
Prof. Dr. Paris Kitsos
Dr. Mohammed Shayan
Guest Editors

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  • IP piracy
  • hardware Trojans
  • EDA
  • design and test
  • side-channel analysis

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