Security Technology Adoption; Building Hardware Is Just the Start

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:00 am10:30 am

Paul Waller, Technical Director for Platform Security Research at NCSC

Abstract: 

As connected devices and systems grow ever more complex, security experts recognise the need to protect the most critical functions. Standards and products have been developed to provide ‘roots of trust’; isolated components to manage identities and other keys, verify updates and measure/report the status of a device. We also see a growing list of processor features allowing arbitrary code to run in a protected environment, both on our devices and also in the cloud. Despite all this innovation, very few applications actually support these features. Market support for hardware security is low. This talk will explore why that is, and what we might do about it.

Paul Waller, Technical Director for Platform Security Research at NCSC

Paul has worked in cryptography and hardware security since graduating with a degree in mathematics in 2001. He has represented the NCSC and its predecessor organisation in various standards bodies, including the Trusted Computing Group, Global Platform and FIDO. His current role as Technical Director for Platform Security Research allows him to spend time with academic and industry partners learning what the future holds for security technology, and also to help user communities take advantage of new features. Outside of work Paul likes to cycle up small hills in summer, and ski down bigger ones in winter.

BibTeX
@inproceedings {208185,
author = {Paul Waller},
title = {Security Technology Adoption; Building Hardware Is Just the Start},
booktitle = {Enigma 2018 (Enigma 2018)},
year = {2018},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/node/208186},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
}