Research has been conducted by Ozgur Sinanoglu, who is the NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Dean of Engineering. This could assist tech firms obscure security analytical information on chips by using a secret pre-loaded key onto the chip. Intel, the American tech giant has presented NYU Abu Dhabi a $300,000 grant of three years to assist with the research for latest ways of safely configuring and testing by third-party firms of computer chips. Hardware designers would be able to make sure that chips they manufacture could not be reverse-engineered by the hackers.
Sinanoglu said, “The development of this obfuscation process represents a central breakthrough in the production of the computer chip. The NYUAD Design for Excellence team is immensely proud of the recognition that this project has received thus far. This support from Intel is a signal of the potential for this advancement in cybersecurity and its impact on the electronic chip supply chain. The funding vindicates the work being undertaken by our team, and the ground breaking research happening at NYU.”