Our Cryptography Research division can contribute to all portions of secure product design – from concept generation and protocol design to product development and operational integration.
Our in-house cryptographers have extensive experience with deployed security protocols, software, and hardware. We understand tightly-constrained systems that require mobility, tamper resistance, rigid cost constraints, and renewable security. Example projects include:
Evaluations are crucial for systems where attacks are anticipated or where failure scenarios may be extremely difficult to manage. By working to identify and analyze all security risks under a specified threat model, our evaluators can help anticipate and assess the likelihood of system failure.
Side-channel attacks conducted against electronic gear are relatively simple and inexpensive to execute. Such attacks include simple power analysis (SPA) and Differential Power Analysis (DPA). As all physical electronic systems routinely leak information, effective side-channel countermeasures should be implemented at the design stage to ensure protection of sensitive keys and data.
Our research efforts identify new and more efficient ways to protect information in real-world situations.
Content Security Research Initiative
Read about results from a multi-year research effort to study technical solutions and next-generation methods for controlling piracy.
Record Breaking DES Key Search
Our researchers designed a record-breaking DES Key Search Machine and won the RSA DES Challenge on July 15, 1998 after searching for 56 hours
Our security experts provide technical tutorials, hands-on workshops, and training seminars with facilitated discussion. Clients use our training to understand security-critical challenges and help project teams transition to new security problems. Training sessions are typically 1-4 working days and can be delivered at your office or at our San Francisco office.
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Side-channel attacks comprise a wide range of techniques including Differential Power Analysis, Simple Power Analysis, Simple Electromagnetic Analysis, Differential Electromagnetic Analysis, Correlation Power Analysis and Correlation Electromagnetic Analysis. An effective layer of side-channel countermeasures should therefore be implemented via hardware (DPA resistant cores), software (DPA resistant libraries) or both. After layered countermeasures have been implemented, systems should be carefully evaluated to confirm the cessation of sensitive side-channel leakage.
DPA Countermeasures are fundamental techniques for protecting against Differential Power Analysis (DPA) and related side-channel attacks. Consisting of a broad range of software, hardware, and protocol techniques, DPA Countermeasures include reducing leakage, introducing amplitude and temporal noise, balancing hardware and software, incorporating randomness, and implementing protocol level countermeasures.