In a recent blog for EETimes, Mike Bartley (founder and CEO of TVS) shared his perspective on the threat that hardware Trojans place on the SoC industry.
It is unclear whether hardware Trojans have been deployed in production ICs or whether the incentives to do so are sufficiently strong to make it a major risk. However, actions by some publicly funded institutions — such as the decision by the Semiconductor Research Council (SRC) to create and fund the Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems (T3S) Consortium — indicate that the threat is being taken seriously.
The SRC announced that it would spend $9 million on research over an initial three-year period. In May 2014, SRC convened a workshop to canvas opinions from academia and industry on the direction the countermeasures work should take.
This year’s Design Automation Conference (June 1-5, 2014) highlighted some intriguing ways in which countermeasures against Trojans could be developed, such as a competition in which teams of students go up against teams of researchers, both using their skills to deploy and detect hard malware….