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Panel Session Panel Session

What Makes a Proactive Hardware Security Program Successful?

Moderated By: Jason Oberg

Panelists: Helena Handschuh & Charles Guillemet

Date & Time: 1st of July 2021, 5:45 PM CEST

Talk Title:

What Makes a Proactive Hardware Security Program Successful?


Due to growing security concerns and real hardware vulnerabilities in the IoT, Automotive, Datacenter, and Aerospace/Defense markets, today’s defensive security stack must now include hardware to ensure secure electronic products. Many companies are tackling this by building a proactive security program as part of the hardware and semiconductor design process to detect weaknesses early in the design lifecycle.

This panel will discuss the importance of addressing these pre-silicon security weaknesses and share insights and best practices on building a security program to cover the entire development lifecycle from block to system level, including software.

This session will help attendees:

  • Understand where hardware security vulnerabilities may occur
  • Identify gaps in their current efforts to identify and mitigate security vulnerabilities
  • Learn key steps to implementing a systematic approach to improve hardware security assurance during pre-silicon development

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Jason Oberg is a co-founder and CTO of Tortuga Logic, He is responsible for the company’s technology and strategic positioning. Dr. Oberg works closely with Tortuga Logic’s executive team, engineering teams, and customers to drive the company’s next generation hardware security products. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC San Diego.

Helena Handschuh is a Security Technologies Fellow at Rambus Inc. Her research and responsibilities include: managing the foundational security technologies team of 20 technology experts; research in crypto and post-quantum crypto; research in power analysis and side-channel attacks and countermeasures; building prototypes and showcasing technology to customers, partners, and events; security architecture for new products and services; prototyping of new products and security standardization. She was formerly a Technical Director of Cryptography Research, Inc., and Chief Technology Officer at Intrinsic-ID. She was also the manager of the Applied Cryptography and Security Group and manager of the Card Application Security team at Gemplus (now Gemalto). She is a volunteer Research Fellow at the KU Leuven, Belgium. She authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and holds 18 patents in the areas of security and cryptography.

Dr. Handschuh earned an M.S. in networks and communication engineering from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancees (ENSTA, Paris), an M.S. in algorithms and cryptography from the Ecole Polytechnique, and a Ph.D. in cryptography from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST, Paris).

Charles Guillemet is currently Ledger’s Chief Technology Officer since 2019. He priorly joined Ledger in 2017 as a Chief Security Officer, where he built the Ledger Security department (which has a catchy name the Donjon). He has been working for 15 years in the Cryptography & Hardware Security sector. A security guy at heart, Charles started his career at Tiempo, an innovative start-up in the Security industry, where he designed the security of EAL5+ secure integrated circuits. He then worked as Technical Manager in a french Information Technology Security Evaluation Facility (ITSEF) mostly involved in security evaluation for various security certification schemes such as Common Criteria (CC), EMVCo. His field of expertise comprises Cryptography, Side Channel Attacks, Formal Methodologies, secure software development. He was also among the pioneers in the use of Machine Learning for Side Channel Attacks research.As a speaker, Charles gives his insights in various security conferences as well as Blockchain events.