Invited Talk by Dr. Ramesh Karri on Is Hardware the Next Frontier in Cybersecurity?

Title: Is Hardware the Next Frontier in Cybersecurity?
Speaker: Dr. Ramesh Karri
Host Faculty:  Dr. Sparsh Mittal
Room No:Auditorium


 Designers use third-party intellectual property (IP) cores and outsource various steps in their integrated circuit (IC) design and manufacturing flow. As a result, security vulnerabilities have been emerging, forcing IC designers and end users to re-evaluate their trust in ICs. If an attacker gets hold of an unprotected IC, attacks such as reverse engineering the IC and piracy are possible. Similarly, if an attacker gets hold of an unprotected design, insertion of malicious circuits in the design, and IP piracy are possible.

In this talk I will describe three design for trust techniques that we developed to thwart these and similar attacks: IC camouflaging, logic encryption, and split manufacturing. IC camouflaging modifies the layout of certain gates in the IC to deceive attackers into obtaining an incorrect netlist, thereby, preventing reverse engineering by a malicious user. Split manufacturing splits the layout and manufactures different metal layers in two separate foundries to prevent reverse engineering and piracy by a malicious foundry. Logic encryption implements a built-in locking mechanism in ICs to prevent reverse engineering and IP piracy by a malicious foundry and user.
I will conclude the presentation by highlighting why hardware security and trust are important objectives from the economics, security, and safety perspectives and present the vision of this emerging area of hardware cyber security.

Speaker bio:

Ramesh Karri is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University. He co-directs the NYU Center for Cyber Security ( He is also leads the Cyber Security thrust of the NY State Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technologies at NYU. He co-founded the Trust-Hub ( and organizes t the Embedded Systems Chall​​enge (, the annual red team blue team event.

Ramesh Karri has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, from the University of California at San Diego and a B.E in ECE from Andhra University. His research and education activities in hardware cybersecurity include trustworthy ICs; processors and cyber-physical systems; security-aware computer-aided design, test, verification, validation, and reliability; nano meets security; hardware security competitions, benchmarks and metrics; biochip security; additive manufacturing security.  He has published over 200 articles in leading journals and conference proceedings.
Ramesh Karri' work on hardware cybersecurity received best paper award nominations (ICCD 2015 and DFTS 2015), awards (ITC 2014, CCS 2013, DFTS 2013 and VLSI Design 2012, ACM Student Research Competition at DAC 2012, ICCAD 2013, DAC 2014, ACM Grand Finals 2013, Kaspersky Challenge and Embedded Security Challenge). He also received the Humboldt Fellowship and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. 
Ramesh Karri co-founded the IEEE/ACM Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures (NANOARCH). He served as program/general chair of conferences including IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD), IEEE Symposium on Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust (HOST), IEEE Symposium on Defect and Fault Tolerant Nano VLSI Systems (DFTS), NANOARCH, RFIDSEC and WISEC. He serves on several program committees (DAC, ICCAD, HOST, ITC, VTS, ETS, ICCD, DTIS, WIFS).
Ramesh Karri serves as the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (2010-2014), IEEE Transactions on CAD (2014-), ACM Journal of Emerging Computing Technologies (2007-), ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (2014-), IEEE Access (2015-), IEEE Transactions on Emerging Technologies in Computing (2015-), IEEE Design and Test (2015-) and IEEE Embedded Systems Letters (2016-). He served as an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor (2013-2015). He served on the Executive Committee of the IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference leading the Security@DAC initiative (2014-2017). He has given invited keynotes, talks, and tutorials on Hardware Security and Trust (ESRF, DAC, DATE, VTS, ITC, ICCD, NATW, LATW, CROSSING, etc.).​
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:15