Sloan Lecture Series

Lecture #8 Convergence of IoT, Cloud, Security: A Perfect Storm (April 25, 2017)

This event was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Cybersecurity.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Convergence of IoT, Cloud, Security: A Perfect Storm

Growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Computing has magnified the impact of the security challenge by orders of magnitude. Join Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor Graphics, as he examines the growing threats to silicon security and possible solutions.

As electronic system hackers penetrate deeper—from applications to embedded software to operating system to silicon—the impact of security threats is growing exponentially. Viruses and malware in the operating system, or application layer, are major concerns, but effect only a portion of users. In contrast, even small malicious modifications or compromised performance in the underlying silicon can devastate system security for all users.

Since hardware is the root of trust in an electronic product, integrated circuit designers will be increasingly pressured to solve the silicon security problems for their customers. This requires a new paradigm in silicon design creation and verification. The traditional approach is to design and then verify that the silicon does what it is supposed to do. Creating secure silicon, however, requires that verification ensure that the chip does nothing that it is NOT supposed to do.

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Distinguished Lecturer

Vinton G. Cerf

Walden C. Rhines
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mentor Graphics

Walden (Wally) C. Rhines is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Graphics, a leader in worldwide electronic design automation (EDA) with revenue of about $1.2 billion. During his tenure at Mentor Graphics, revenue has nearly quadrupled and Mentor has grown the industry’s number one market share solutions in four of the ten largest product segments of the EDA industry. He joined Mentor in 1993 from Texas Instruments (TI) where he was most recently Executive Vice President in charge of TI’s semiconductor business. Rhines has served five terms as Chairman of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium. He is also a board member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation and First Growth Children and Family Charities. He received a BSE degree from the University of Michigan, an MS and PhD from Stanford University, an MBA from Southern Methodist University and an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Nottingham Trent University.

Distinguished Panelists

Beth Simone Noveck

Brian Cohen
Research Staff Member
Information Technology and Systems Division
Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)

Brian Cohen has been a Research Staff Member in the Information Technology and Systems Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) for over 30 years. He has performed a range of studies at IDA, with a focus on technology and business assessments for national security. For many years he supported the science and technology enterprise in the Department of Defense (DOD) with studies of sensor, electronic and microsystem device technology issues. During this time, Cohen helped establish a group at IDA that provided deep subject matter expertise on DOD use of microelectronics technologies and products. IDA has developed unique insight into DOD use of microelectronics technologies and products and routinely provides market and business assessments, identifies key technologies, and assists DOD with developing strategies and plans.

Cohen performed a number of assessments on behalf of DOD related to establishing what has now become known as the DOD Trusted Foundry Program. These studies have examined a broad range of issues including the threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigations for supply chain risk as well as understanding the context of DOD business and policy context and the business issues related to the industrial base. He was directly involved in the development of policy and guidance and the oversight related to supply chain risk management for custom design and/or manufactured microelectronics. Cohen helped establish the GOMACTech conference as a premier forum for government hardware security research as well as helping to establish an ongoing series of workshops on Trusted Microelectronics with the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

Most recently in 2015, GlobalFoundries completed the acquisition of IBM's microelectronics business, which increased the level of attention on risks associated with the global supply chain in microelectronics. In 2017, DOD started a major effort to develop a defense in-depth strategy to deal with the risks associated with the microelectronics supply chain. Cohen is now working directly with that program to define overall strategies and establish strong collaborations throughout government, industry, and academia to help identify and surmount the growing challenges.

Cohen received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Systems and Control Theory from University of Massachusetts in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College in 1988.

Deborah Estrin

Mark M. Tehranipoor
Intel Charles E. Young Preeminence
Endowed Chair Professor in Cybersecurity
Co-director, Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research
University of Florida

Mark M. Tehranipoor is the Intel Charles E. Young Preeminence Endowed Chair Professor in Cybersecurity at the ECE Department, University of Florida (UF). His current research interests include hardware security and trust, supply chain risk management and security, IoT security, and reliable circuit design. Tehranipoor has published over 350 journal articles and refereed conference papers, eight books and 20 book chapters, has given more than 160 invited talks and keynote addresses, and holds two patents. He is a recipient of 12 best paper awards and nominations, as well as the 2008 IEEE Computer Society (CS) Meritorious Service Award, the 2012 IEEE CS Outstanding Contribution, the 2009 NSF CAREER Award, and the 2014 MURI award. His projects are sponsored by both industry (Semiconductor Research Corporation--SRC, Texas Instruments, Freescale, Comcast, Honeywell, LSI, Avago, Mentor Graphics, R3Logic, Cisco, Qualcomm, MediaTeck, etc.) and the government (NSF, ARO, MDA, DOD, AFOSR, DOE, etc.).

Tehranipoor serves on the program committee of more than a dozen leading conferences and workshops, and previously served as Program and General Chairs of several leading conferences and workshops. Prior to joining UF, Tehranipoor was the founding director of CHASE (Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering) and CSI (Comcast Center of Excellence in Security Innovation) at the University of Connecticut. He co-founded a new symposium called IEEE International Symposium on Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust (HOST), served as its General Chair in 2008 and 2009, and is now Chair of its Steering Committee. He is also the co-founder of Trust-Hub ( Previously, he served as an Associate EIC for IEEE Design & Test, an IEEE Distinguished Speaker, and an ACM Distinguished Speaker from 2010 to 2014. Currently, he is the EIC for Journal on Hardware and Systems Security (HaSS) and an Associate Editor for JETTA, JOLPE, Transactions on VLSI (TVLSI), and Transactions on Design Automation for Electronic Systems (TODAES). Tehranipoor is a Senior Member and Golden Core Member of the IEEE and Member of ACM and ACM SIGDA.

Beth Simone Noveck

Michael Fritze
Senior Fellow
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Michael Fritze joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in April of 2015 as a Senior Fellow. He leads the PIPS efforts in the area of US Government Microelectronics policy with a current focus on Trusted electronics issues. He also contributes his experience to helping Roadmap US Government Microelectronics R&D efforts for the future. He currently performs strategic planning and develops projects related to USG microelectronics issues.

Previously, Fritze was the Director of the Disruptive Electronics Division at the USC Information Sciences Institute (2010-2015). He also held a Research Professor appointment in the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering (Electro-physics). His research interests at ISI included Trusted Electronics, CMOS Reliability & Robustness, Low power 3DIC enabled electronics and Rad-hard electronics. He was a Program Manager at the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) from 2006-2010, running a large microelectronics research portfolio. Prior to joining DARPA, Fritze was a staff member from 1995-2006 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he worked on fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FDSOI) technology development with an emphasis on novel devices and advanced optical lithography methods.

Fritze is an elected member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service awarded in 2010. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is active on the program committees of the GOMAC and IEEE S3S conferences. Fritze has published over 75 papers and articles in professional journals and holds several U.S. Patents. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University in 1994, working in the area of compound semiconductor quantum well physics, and a B.S. in Physics in 1984 from Lehigh University.

Opening & Closing Remarks

Nasir Memon
Associate Dean for Online Learning
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Nasir Memon, the new head of NYU Tandon Online, launched one of the country’s first cyber security academic programs at what is now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. A professor of NYU Tandon’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, an affiliate faculty member of the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences Computer Science Department, and the head of NYU Abu Dhabi’s cyber security program, he helped lead NYU into a multidisciplinary approach to cyber security that combines technology expertise with research into policy, business, social sciences, and more.

Memon’s research focuses on digital forensics, biometrics, data compression, network security, and human behavioral aspects of security. He holds 12 patents in image compression and security and has published more than 250 articles in journals and conference proceedings.

In 2002, he founded Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), which has grown to the world’s largest student-led cyber security conference and games.

Memon has been on the editorial boards of several journals and was the Editor-In-Chief of Transactions on Information Security and Forensics. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and a Fellow of SPIE, the optics and photonics professional society. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India. He received a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska.

Welcome Remarks

Paula J. Olsiewski
Program Director
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Paula J. Olsiewski, Ph.D., is a Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation where she created and directs the Foundation’s programs in the Microbiology of the Built Environment and the Chemistry of Indoor Environments and oversees the Foundation’s New York City Initiative. Olsiewski directed two completed programs: Sloan’s Biosecurity program (2000-2010) and Synthetic Biology Initiative (2009-2014). She serves as Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors’ Homeland Security Research Subcommittee at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is a member of the board of the Critical Path Institute. She is a former member of the MIT Corporation, President of the MIT Alumni Association, and a member of MIT’s Initiative on Faculty Race and Diversity Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Foundation, Olsiewski served in many capacities in the biotech and biomedical community. She received a B.S. in chemistry from Yale and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from MIT.


Paul M. Horn

Ramesh Karri
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Co-founder, NYU Center for Cybersecurity
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Ramesh Karri is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University Tandon School of Engineering and is a co-founder of the NYU Center for Cybersecurity. Professor Karri's research interests include trustworthy hardware (integrated circuits to processor architectures); electronics supply chain security; VLSI Design and Test; and interactions between security and reliability. A recipient of the Humboldt Fellowship and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, he has authored over 190 journal and conference publications. In addition, Professor Karri is the co-founder of the Trust-HUB and organizes the annual red team/blue team event at NYU, the Embedded Systems Security Challenge. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees at the University of California at San Diego, a Master of Technology degree at the University of Hyderabad, and Bachelor of Engineering at Andhra University.

Event Sponsors

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic not-for-profit grantmaking institution based in New York City. Founded in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then President and CEO of General Motors, the Foundation makes grants primarily to support original research and education related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. The Foundation believes that these fields—and the scholars and practitioners who work in them—are chief drivers of the nation's health and prosperity. The Foundation also believes that a reasoned, systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. The NYU Tandon School of Engineering Cyber Security Lecture Series is funded through the Sloan Foundation’s New York City Initiatives program, which supports New York City–based projects that advance the Foundation’s mission.

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About NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS)

The NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) is an interdisciplinary research institute consisting of members from NYU School of Law, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and other NYU schools and departments. CCS is dedicated to training the current and future generations of cybersecurity professionals, and shaping public discourse and policy, legal, and technological landscapes on issues of cybersecurity. Additionally, CCS engages in a wide range of initiatives, including student scholarships, events, interdisciplinary research, and teaching.

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