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In this course, we will study security and trust from the hardware perspective. Upon completing the course, students will understand the vulnerabilities in current digital system design flow and the physical attacks to these systems. They will learn that security starts from hardware design and be familiar with the tools and skills to build secure and trusted hardware....
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Montgomery Modular MultiplicationSide-Channel AttackHardware DesignCryptographic Hardware
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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2 hours to complete

Digital System Design: Basics and Vulnerabilities

To learn hardware security, we first need to learn how hardware is designed. This week's lectures give an overview of the basics on digital logic design, which is a semester-long course for freshmen and sophomores in most schools. By no means we can cover all the materials. What we provide here is the minimal set that you need to understand about digital design for you to move on to learn hardware security. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 63 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Digital System Specification10m
Digital System Implementation9m
Function Simplification and Don't Care Conditions10m
Sequential System Specification8m
Sequential System Implementation7m
Vulnerabilities in Digital Logic Design12m
Reading2 readings
Syllabus10m
Week 1 Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz14m

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2 hours to complete

Design Intellectual Property Protection

As a hardware designer or a company, you want to protect your design intellectual property (IP) from being misused (by users, competitors, silicon foundry, etc). We will cover how you can build such protection during the design process which can be used as an evidence to support law enforcement protection. You are expected to understand the basic digital logic design knowledge covered in week 1. We will use several NP-hard problems as examples to illustrate the concepts of IP protection. These problems (graph vertex coloring problem and graph partitioning problem) will be introduced in the lecture and you do not need to know the concept of NP-complete. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 78 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Watermarking Basics8m
Watermarking Examples12m
Good Watermarks15m
Fingerprinting17m
Hardware Metering13m
Reading1 reading
Week 2 Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz22m

3

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2 hours to complete

Physical Attacks and Modular Exponentiation

This week you will learn the fundamentals about physical attacks: what are physical attacks, who are the attackers, what are their motivations, how can they attack your system (from hardware), what kind of skills/tools/equipment they should need to break your system, etc. You will also see what are the available countermeasures. You will learn how system security level and tamper resistance level are defined and some general guidelines on how to make your system secure by design. In the second part, you will learn a useful mathematical operation called modular exponentiation. It is widely used in modern cryptography but it is very computational expensive. You will see how security vulnerability might be introduced during the implementation of this operation and thus make the mathematically sound cryptographic primitives breakable. This will also be important for you to learn side channel attack next week....
Reading
7 videos (Total 80 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Physical Attacks and Countermeasures 13m
Building Secure Systems 10m
Modular Exponentiation (ME) Basics 6m
ME in Cryptography8m
ME Implementation and Vulnerability14m
Montgomery Reduction11m
Reading1 reading
Week 3 Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz20m

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2 hours to complete

Side Channel Attacks and Countermeasures

This week, we focus on side channel attacks (SCA). We will study in-depth the following SCAs: cache attacks, power analysis, timing attacks, scan chain attacks. We will also learn the available countermeasures from software, hardware, and algorithm design. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 86 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Memory Vulnerabilities and Cache Attacks19m
Power Analysis16m
More Attacks and Countermeasures13m
Modified Modular Exponentiation22m
Reading1 reading
Week 4 Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz30m
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Top Reviews

By ARFeb 11th 2017

It was a very nice course. Lots of exposure was given to mathematical ways of analyzing threat.

By MNJun 5th 2017

I found this course very informative, it expanded to me the landscape of cyber security.

Instructor

Gang Qu

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

About University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign. ...

About the Cybersecurity Specialization

The Cybersecurity Specialization covers the fundamental concepts underlying the construction of secure systems, from the hardware to the software to the human-computer interface, with the use of cryptography to secure interactions. These concepts are illustrated with examples drawn from modern practice, and augmented with hands-on exercises involving relevant tools and techniques. Successful participants will develop a way of thinking that is security-oriented, better understanding how to think about adversaries and how to build systems that defend against them....
Cybersecurity

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