There are hundreds of articles out there encouraging you to “secure” your software, and several tools that help you find and address security vulnerabilities in your software. No less an authority than CERT publishes a secure […]
Digital twins are rapidly gaining popularity for the design and management of complex systems. The rise in availability of modeling tools coupled with continuous streams of real time data from live processes have turned the use of digital twins into a must for the system owner and operator. But what is the twin in the hands of a potential hacker? Read Dave Belt’s new blog…
Are you ready for the next big thing in cryptography? Actually, it’s a trick question. Ask 5 different people what the “next big thing” will be and you’ll get at least 5 different answers. Whatever lies ahead, the real question is, are you ready for change? Read more about Cryptographic agility, or cryptoagility…
In the field of software security, the term ‘obfuscation’ is often used, particularly when it is desired to protect software in a fully automated, “hands-free” manner. Software obfuscation is the modification of source-code (or sometimes […]
This past week I’ve been reading the specifications for Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) published by the Trusted Computing Group of companies. It seems to me they’ve done a lot of things right, but a TPM is […]
We’ve started creating short, succinct videos on YouTube to help explain key concepts and issues around protecting keys, code and data associated with embedded systems. One series is Stacy Janes “Old-School Car Guy” which explains […]
Software Protection: Integrity, Diversity, Entanglement and Renewability (SPIDER) We’ve spent a lot of time finding a suitable analogy to explain the more subtle aspects of defense in depth and the multi-layered approach to cybersecurity that […]
As someone who works with cloud solutions for a security company, I am very aware of the stories in various media about security breaches in cloud accounts. Usually these are along the lines of “Company […]
Ofttimes it has been difficult to explain the role of software protection in hardware-protected secure systems, but recently security researchers have helped us out by providing many examples of zero-day exploits where flaws that are baked into hardware or firmware lead to exploitable vulnerabilities in systems. In this article we are having a look at Spectre & Meltdown and explore how these attacks could have been avoided using application protection technology.
Some of you will remember the Target and Home Depot cyberattacks in 2013 & 2014, which resulted in $202 million (Sruthi Ramakrishnan, 2017) and $134.5 million USD (Roberts, 2017) of damages respectively. In this blog article, let’s examine these and other infamous hacks in detail to glean important lessons about system and application security.