Techniques to Secure HW/SW-Programmable SoC Architectures for Edge Computing

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en
Document Type
Doctoral Thesis
Issue Date
2023-01-30
Issue Year
2023
Authors
Streit, Franz-Josef
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Abstract

A clear trend towards processing and analyzing an increasing amount of data at the edge of the network can be observed. Consequently, compute- and thus resource-intensive processing tasks move closer to the data source, e.g., near to sensors. As a result, dedicated edge platforms capable of performing data-intensive and time-critical tasks are gaining interest and visibility. Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-based System-on-Chips (SoCs) therefore lend themselves as ideal computing platforms for capturing and processing these large amounts of data right at the edge of the network. However, when it comes to protecting edge computing and sensitive data from potential attacks against such platforms, security must play an essential role. Particularly as FPGA-based edge platforms open up attack vectors not found on traditional computing devices. Therefore, this thesis presents concepts, techniques, and lightweight implementations to enable lifetime security of such HW/SW-programmable SoCs, starting from cryptographic key provisioning to boot protection and upgradeability.

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