Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22203

Speaker: Tom Bergman, Program Manager at Battelle

Battelle has been developing and testing a technology to nondestructively classify electronic components as authentic or counterfeit. Currently, alternative effective detection methods require exhaustive testing of all component functionality, destructive analysis of test devices, or use of a specialized imaging technique. The Barricade technology developed at Battelle does not require integrated circuit design modifications, physical alterations to existing inventory, or any changes to electronic component manufacturing processes to perform the classification process. The technology uses a method that differentiates classes of devices from data acquired from their power consumption waveforms. The Barricade system is based on the concept of side channel power analysis, a technique that involves collecting unintentional or side channel emissions from a device. The collected data files are loaded into the Barricade classifier algorithm that performs the electronic component classification. Battelle will be presenting details on the continued development of this system, including presenting new data collected on authentic, counterfeit, and cloned components.

Hardware Security Symposium Speaker Series

Microelectronics are key components in our defense systems, and assuring that they are both readily available and secure is critical for US national security. Hardware-based threats can have serious impacts on military or critical infrastructure, and hardware vulnerabilities include malicious insertions, Trojan horses, counterfeit parts, and rapid obsolescence. While the USG has made large investments in software-focused cybersecurity, hardware-based approaches have not received as much attention. The Hardware Security Symposium Speaker Series brings together leading experts in Trusted microelectronics from academia, government, and Industry, to discuss hardware security threats, and ways to mitigate them.


Mr. Bergman will attend in person. Attendees are welcome to join us at the Potomac Institute. For those unable to attend in person, dial-in information will be sent upon confirmation of your RSVP.

RSVP is required. Please send your name and affiliation to Jennifer Lato.

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