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June 28, 2017 //By Jan Tobias Mühlberg
A new security architecture for networked embedded devices
Road vehicles today are typically managed by networks of control processors that interpret sensor readings and operate actuators to control the car’s behavior and safety. They intervene for braking, steering, light switching, actuate airbags, and optimize the powertrain operation. The crux is: all these networks are connected and open to the outside world, which renders them vulnerable to malicious interferences.

Availability and acknowledgements

To ensure that the results of the Sancus initiative can be verified and reproduced, the hardware design and software of our prototype have been made publicly available. Hardware designs, source files, as well as binary packages and documentations can be found at https//distrinet.cs.kuleuven.be/software/sancus.

Sancus has been designed and implemented by Imec's DistriNet and COSIC (both located at KU Leuven) - two research groups well known for their work on security matters. The development is supported in part by the Intel Lab’s University Research Office. It was also partially funded by the Research Fund KU Leuven, by the EU FP7 Project NESSoS, and by the Belgian Cybercrime Centre of Excellence (B-CCENTRE).

The Sancus project (Sancus: Low-cost trustworthy extensible networked devices with a zero-software Trusted Computing Base) was first presented by Job Noorman, Pieter Agten, Wilfried Daniels, Raoul Strackx, Anthony Van Herrewege, Christophe Huygens, Bart Preneel, Ingrid Verbauwhede, and Frank Piessens at the 22nd USENIX Conference on Security 2013 in Berkeley, CA, USA. https//distrinet.cs.kuleuven.be/software/Sancus

About the author

Jan Tobias Mühlberg is Research Manager at Imec (DistriNet, KU Leuven). Prior, until 2011, he did research at University Bamberg, Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2010 from York University, UK. Until 2005, he has worked as a researcher at the University of Applied Sciences in Brandenburg, Germany, where he obtained his M.Sc. Tobias focuses on software security, formal verification and validation of software systems, specifically for embedded systems and low-level operating system components. He is particularly interested in security architectures for safety-critical embedded systems and for the Internet of Things.


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