Hardware Security

John Oakley, Director

Focusing on tools, techniques, and strategies for the design and manufacture of trustworthy chips and systems.


The growing scale and complexity of information networks and embedded systems, and our increasing reliance upon them, are accompanied by challenges and risks.  Are the networks and systems on which we depend trustworthy and secure?  Are they resistant to unintended access, tampering and counterfeiting?

The Hardware Security Research Program is focused on developing strategies, techniques, and tools to provide assurance that electronic systems will perform as intended. Such assurance is a function of processes and tools integrated across all steps of design, manufacture, and distribution.  In order to build a technological foundation that business and government can use to make systems that are trustworthy and secure, there is a need for fundamental, multidisciplinary research that spans architecture, design and manufacture. 

The Hardware Security Research Program is an industry consortium that partners with government agencies to fund university research — building and coordinating an academic network, generating new ideas and understanding, and providing a pipeline of relevantly educated talent. Member companies set the research agenda and get early and easy access to research and researchers, while leveraging their investment.

For more information, please contact John Oakley.

Research Focus

  • Handling for Dynamics Created by Future Artificial Intelligence devices
  • Real-time Attack Awareness and Mitigation Strategies
  • Security Metrics and Hardware Security Properties
  • Taxonomy of Security Attacks/Flaws (like side channels)
  • Counterfeit Detection and Avoidance
  • Enabling Security by Design
  • Security Verification and Validation

T3S is now Hardware Security

  1. The Hardware Security Research Program was rebranded in 2020 from Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems (T3S) to better match industry member interest. The original NSF joint workshop report which launched this program can be found here from 2013.

HWS Metrics

  1. Current

    17 Projects
    13 Universities
    39 Research Scholars
    21 Faculty Researchers
    41 Liaisons
  2. This Year

    50 Research Data
    2 Patent Applications
  3. Last Year

    3 Project Starts
    284 Research Data
    3 Patent Applications
  4. Since Inception

    103 Projects
    59 Universities
    276 Research Scholars
    104 Faculty Researchers
    160 Liaisons
    1,647 Research Data
    37 Patent Applications
    17 Patents Granted
Updated: 22-May-2024, 12:05 a.m. ET

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