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ISQED2015 Panel Discussion


Tuesday, March3, 2015
Great America Meeting Room 3

Industry Panel on Hardware and System Security

Chair & Moderator:
Prof. Bao Liu - University of Texas at San Antonio

Rob Aitken - ARM
Ernie Brickell - Intel
Lawrance Case - Freescale
Richard Newell , Microsemi
Brandon Wang - Cadence


Summary: Hardware is the foundation of any security system. In recent years, a growing number of software-based security solutions have been migrated to hardware for enhanced resistance against software-based attacks. However, recent research has revealed that hardware is also subject to a number of security attacks. The emerging Internet-of-Things and Cyber-Physical Systems further demand achieving security for a complex system including software, hardware and firmware components against software, hardware and/or firmware-based attacks in a dynamic and possibly hostile environment under tight resource constraints. In this interactive session, a group of leading industry experts will explore the various opportunities and challenges that the security requirement brings to the semiconductor industry.


Rob Aitken Rob Aitken

About Rob Aitken

Rob Aitken is an ARM Fellow and heads the Silicon portion of ARM R&D. His areas of responsibility include low power design, library architecture for advanced process nodes, and design for manufacturability. His research interests include design for variability, defect analysis, and fault diagnosis. His group has participated in numerous chip tape-outs, including 6 at or below the 16nm node. He has published over 70 technical papers, on a wide range of topics. Dr. Aitken joined ARM as part of its acquisition of Artisan Components in 2004. Prior to Artisan, he worked at Agilent and HP. He has given tutorials and short courses on several subjects at conferences and universities worldwide. He holds a Ph.D. from McGill University in Canada. Dr. Aitken is an IEEE Fellow, and serves on a number of conference and workshop committees.



Ernie Brickell Ernie Brickell

About Ernie Brickell

Ernie Brickell is the Chief Security Architect at Intel. He runs the Security Architecture Forum which is the decision making body on security architecture at Intel. He is responsible for review and approval of all security architectures across all products at Intel and evaluating new technologies for their impact on security and privacy of Intel platforms. He is also responsible for developing priorities for path finding for security technologies. Ernie earned his BS in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University in 1975. He went on to the Ohio State University for both his MS in Computer and Information Science in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1981. He started his career at Sandia National Laboratories in 1981, joined Bellcore in 1985, went back to Sandia in 1988, joined a startup, Certco in 1995, and then joined Intel in 1999. He has chaired, been a program chair, and been a guest speaker at the annual Crypto and Eurocrypt conferences. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cryptology, and served as editorial board member for 12 years.


Richard Newell Richard Newell

About Richard Newell

Richard Newell is Senior Principal Product Architect at Microsemi Corporation, SoC Products Group where he has been active in planning the security features for the next generation of Flash-based FPGAs and customizable System-on-Chips (cSoCs) as well as expanding the available solutions for Microsemi's current device families. Richard has an electrical engineering background, with experience in analog and digital signal processing, cryptography, control systems, inertial sensors and systems, and FPGAs. He is an alumnus of the University of Iowa. He is the recipient of approximately one dozen U.S. patents and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honorary engineering societies.




Brandon Wang Brandon Wang

About Brandon Wang

is the Group Director, Chief Strategy Office at Cadence Design Systems. Brandon Wang oversees the overall Cadence 3D-IC, and ULP (Ultra Low Power) solution marketing and product development activities, as well as other enablement efforts on various advanced technologies with strategic partners. Prior to joining Cadence, Brandon spent over 6 years at ARM, managing the Interface IP Group, and later the PHY product line, where he also served as a member of the Corporate Patent Review Committee, responsible for low power and high speed technologies. Before that, Brandon was with UBICOM, a network processor startup that is now part of Qualcomm. Brandon holds 6 US patents, and has published at a number of IEEE conferences and in journal papers. Brandon also serves as a board director of CASPA, a nonprofit semiconductor organization. Brandon is a graduate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, he also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Lawrence Case Lawrence Case

About Lawrence Case

Lawrence Case is a security architect at Freescale Semiconductor. He has 15 years experience in security hardware and systems focused on trust architectures for embedded and cellular devices. He participated in the 3GPP security working group standards for LTE-A. He holds 11 patents and has approximately the same number of patents pending, most of which are security related. Presently his focus is on security architecture for the Freescale i.MX family of applications processors. He holds a MSCE from National Technological University and BSEE from the University of Texas at Austin.