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A practical proposal for ensuring the provenance of hardware devices and their safe operation

Kovalchuk, Yevgeniya and McDonald-Maier, Klaus and Howells, Gareth and Gu, Dongbing and Hu, Huosheng (2013) A practical proposal for ensuring the provenance of hardware devices and their safe operation. In: 7th IET International Conference on System Safety, incorporating the Cyber Security Conference 2012, 2012-10-15 - 2012-10-18, Edinburgh, UK.

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Abstract

This paper presents a novel technique, termed ICmetrics (Integrated Circuit metrics), that can be used for the purposes of generating encryption keys, electronic signatures, detecting attempts of frauds, or preventing malfunction of hardware components and systems. The ICmetrics technology is based on employment of measurable features derived from characteristics of a given electronic device in order to generate an identifier that uniquely determines or describes the device. Any changes in the identifier during consequent device's operation would signal about a possible safety or security breach within the electronic system. After a detailed overview of the ICmetrics technology and comparing it to the alternative techniques commonly used for securing electronic systems, the paper discusses challenges of developing the technology and brings an example to demonstrate how these issues are being addressed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: 7th IET International Conference on System Safety, incorporating the Cyber Security Conference 2012
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 13:06
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27786

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