>> CAN EDA SECURE THE INTERNET OF THINGS?
Is the solution to solving security concerns in the silicon itself?
has reported on the notion of EDA (Electronic Design Automation) as a
possible candidate to secure the Internet of Things. It is argued that while
the majority of solutions to protect against security are implemented in
software - threats exist beyond software as hackers also put a lot of effort
into compromising a systems security at the silicon level.
The use of EDA would result in a chip design that would provide silicon
based authentication to make sure that the chip not only does what it is
supposed to do, but also makes sure it does nothing it is not supposed
to do. Such measures could include counting power cycles, memory accesses
or the integration a dedicated co-processor to detect run-time intrusions.
Sounds good in theory - but will it be enough?
It would be easy to debate that while this may take a load of solution
designers, how trustworthy can EDA providers be? What is to guarantee that
the EDA tools are immune to manipulation and code corruption and exploits
could not be integrated there?
Wally Rhines believes you must trust someone, I am more the X-Files type
- "trust no-one!".