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Embedded systems

SERMA GUIDES AND SUPPORTS YOU IN YOUR SECURITY STRATEGY FOR EMBEDDED SYSTEMS

Step by step, we build effective security defences with you

Assessment, verification and validation of your security level

Identifying threats to embedded systems

The assessment of a system’s ability to perform the required functions

The security of embedded systems covers many issues related to the protection of the circuits and data they handle.

It is important today to ensure that these complex systems are even more protected from threats. A security failure affecting embedded systems can lead to dependability problems, because if certain embedded systems fail, they endanger lives or jeopardise major investments.

Embedded systems are ubiquitous in our modern societies. They are complex because they bring together advanced software features, highly heterogeneous integrated hardware resources such as “system on a chip” and, increasingly, communication capabilities. Moreover, their design is strongly constrained to allow the best possible integration into the host system (cars, aircraft, household appliances, etc.). 

The security of embedded systems must cover hardware, software and human security.

The security of embedded systems covers many issues related to the protection of the circuits and data they handle, such as the need to:

  • Optimise the implementation of cryptographic algorithms to exceed current limits in terms of throughput, surface, consumption and resistance to attacks;
  • Develop security assessment benches to increase our understanding of the mechanisms used to attack hardware, and the associated countermeasures;
  • Develop new hardware security components (TRNG1, PUF2) taking into account the different execution media (ASIC, FPGA, RFID, etc.);
  • Develop design support tools to ensure the systematic production of hardware architecture incorporating protection mechanisms;
  • Develop solutions to protect intellectual property and prevent counterfeiting of electronic circuits;
  • Adopt a comprehensive approach to security from the technological level to the system level.

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