When further research becomes problematic to do it is a good time to stop and look back over the past research. The progress over 25 years could be summarised thus bringing to light certain failures and common mistakes. But hopefully some knowledge and approaches arised from this research could help in solving real-world challenges in completely unrelated areas such as energy, deseases, pollution etc. The good thing about hardware security is its innovative nature. In most cases you never know what new solutions and approaches you would have to come up with. Some of them were initially thought to be impossible to work or implement. But in the end were amazingly successful. Maybe some new important discoveries are not that far away.
Dr. Sergei Skorobogatov is Senior Research Associate in the Security Group at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge in the UK.
He has background in chemistry, electronics, physics and computers. He received PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and MSc degree in Physics in 1997. His research interests include hardware security analysis of smartcards, microcontrollers, FPGAs and ASICs. He pioneered optical fault injection attacks in 2001, which have influenced major rethink within semiconductor industry on the security protection of ICs and forced introduction of new evaluation procedures and countermeasures. Sergei's previous research has substantially improved side-channel attacks and optical fault injection attacks. His recent research set new standards on direct data extraction from EEPROM and Flash memory, while latest achievements demonstrated superior imaging capabilities of embedded memory. Sergei is a member of Program Committees at several major worldwide conferences on hardware security of semiconductor chips.