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Scott Best at Hardwear USA 2024

Scott Best

State-of-the-Art Anti-Counterfeiting: Attacks and Countermeasures

Talk Title:

State-of-the-Art Anti-Counterfeiting: Attacks and Countermeasures


In this presentation, Scott will begin with a 10,000 foot view of a taxonomy of attacks, including the usual things (e.g., invasive, non-invasive, etc.) but also “meta-level” attacks such as basic theft and remanufacturing. Once that framework has been established, Scott will present a detailed overview of highly specific, highly effective attacks, as well as the state-of-the-art countermeasures which struggle to mitigate them. His talk will include all aspects of anti-counterfeiting, including security protocol concerns, chip-level mitigations, as well as secure manufacturing considerations, primarily in set-top boxes and printer cartridge security.

It is the goal of this presentation to raise the level of understanding in the technical community about the nature and degree of attacks which should absolutely be considered “in scope” for any emerging products with concerns about adversarial counterfeiting and its resultant impact on brand protection, user safety, or national security.

Speaker Bio:

Scott Best joined Rambus in 1998, and while serving in many and varied technical roles, has somewhat by accident become one of the most prolific inventors in the company’s history, a named inventor on over 250 patents worldwide. In his initial role with Rambus, he worked as a mixed-signal circuit designer on high-speed memory PHY programs. Those efforts culminated in 2006 with the debut of the CELL microprocessor, the CPU within the PlayStation 3 gaming platform. For the next eight years, he worked in the Memory Architecture group with a focus on advanced 3D and 2.5D high-performance memory systems. This group was the genesis of Rambus Labs where he continued to work until 2014. In 2015, he transitioned to the then recently acquired Cryptography Research team, first in a technical role on anti-counterfeiting engineering and later as that team’s product manager. His current focus is the director of anti-tamper technology development as well as business-line manager for silicon security products for U.S. Defense. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He is a husband, a father and skeptical technophile who lives and works in Palo Alto, California.