MICL Seminar

An embedded platform for the Internet of Secure Things

Javier Elenes

Distinguished Engineer
Silicon Labs
Friday, November 03, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
3316 EECS (Haddad Room)

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About the Event

The advent of low-power, connected, embedded computing is enabling increasing number of things to be connected to the internet. Connectivity allows attacks to scale making many systems vulnerable. Hackers can deny availability and integrity of things by exploiting vulnerabilities in hardware, software, protocols, and system design. We have seen recent exploits that open door locks, disable smart lights, take control of thermostats, and take control of connected cars, for example. This seminar is dived into three parts: Part 1 introduces basic security principles and best practices, fundamentals of cryptography, and their applicability and relevance to embedded systems. Part 2 describes how implementations get attacked, and countermeasures to thwart/detect such attacks. We cover physical invasive attacks, fault-injection attacks, side-channel attacks, protocol attacks, and software attacks. Part 3 introduces an embedded security architecture that enables secure programming, secure boot, in-field updates and feature activation, secure key generation, secure key storage, anti-cloning, and secure debug access. A technical overview of the various components is presented: Physically Unclonable Function, non-deterministic random number generator, side-channel countermeasures, and fault-tolerant hardware and software implementations.


Javier Elenes received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Drexel University in 1996. From 1996 to 2004 he held various technical positions at Telogy Networks, Motorla, and Cognio, Inc. He joined Silicon Labs in 2004 where he currently serves as Distinguished Engineer. From 2004 until 2016 he led the development and implementation of various digital signal processing algorithms for receiver synchronization, signal detection, channel estimation, adaptive equalization, weak signal handling and antenna diversity combining. He holds 29 patents in signal processing architectures, algorithms, and implementations. Since 2016 he has been working on IoT device security. His current areas of interest are cryptography, side-channel attacks, fault injection attacks, software security, protocol security, device hacking and countermeasures.

Additional Information

Contact: Fran Doman

Phone: 7346153499


Sponsor(s): MICL

Faculty Sponsor: Mike Flynn

Open to: Public