Trillium on The CHES 2016 Panel: Exploring The Future Of Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems

Trillium’s President & CEO, David M.Uze was selected as a panelist for the Conference on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) 2016 along with Gemma Galdon Clavell, Alex Gentian and Daniele Perito. The conference was held in Santa Barbra from the 17th to 19th of this month.The panel discussed the current problems faced and gave insight into the future of cybersecurity and cryptology driven safety. Automotive cybersecurity was recognized throughout the panelists as a major, pressing, issue.

The over all sentiment was that, while white hat hacking of cars generate significant world wide media interest, they represent a fraction of the actual attacks performed. Hacks purported by the grey-hat and black-hat community are far more concerning, especially considering the dynamic and well organised global community of not necessarily do-gooders that make up these forces.

Increasing government involvement was also discussed. Safety critical seatbelts and airbags only became a mandatory for cars after government regulation made it so. The historical slow moving nature of the automotive industry makes government regulation a necessity to protect people from the critical threats we are facing. On the other hand, there are some concerns with certain governments requiring technical backdoors into safe systems. There were discussions of the establishment of standards and of industry regulation, like the smart card industry, but ultimately it was agreed that government regulation is eminent.

The fundamental need for a layered approach to automotive cybersecurity was identified – multiple levels of security must be implemented throughout the automotive system.Trillium’s layered strategy, the SecureIOT suite, including SecureCAR, IVN (In Vehicle Networks) protection, SecureIXS, smart firewall and SecureOTA, for instant updates creates the needed eco-system – was presented and recognised by the expert panel and the audience. “