Embedded Technologies & Services
Embedded Systems Security

Contact Information

Robert W. Heller, Ph.D.
Program Director
Embedded Systems Security
(210) 522-3824

The applied research and development of security solutions for embedded, network, and cyber-physical systems is being addressed by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), a recognized leader in the field.

Embedded Technologies

SwRI engineers provide expertise in numerous technologies relevant to embedded systems security, such as:

  • Secure boot techniques
  • Secure firmware updates
  • Secure sockets layer / transport layer security (SSL/TLS)
  • Data encryption standard (DES)
  • Rivest, Shamir, and Adelman (RSA) algorithm
  • Elliptic curve cryptography
  • Trusted platform modules
  • Mutual authentication
  • Embedded public key infrastructure (PKI)
  • Information integrity
  • Nonrepudiation of information changes
  • Role-based access control
  • Digital rights management

Embedded Systems Services Provided

Techniques used by SwRI engineers to implement embedded security include:

  • System definition
    • Operational concept
    • Requirements analysis
  • Device vulnerability assessments
  • Comprehensive security design
    • Embedded
    • Communications
    • Enterprise
  • Security technology selection and trade space analysis
    • Standards
    • COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) components
    • Open-source software
    • Encryption
    • Public key infrastructure
    • Performance impact of alternative security implementations
    • Computational resource and environmental constraints
  • Hardware/software design and development
    • Trusted system development

Related Terminology

embedded devices  •  limited communications channels  •  network-enabled weaponry  •  situational awareness support systems  •  intellectual property protections  •  secure communications  •  advanced metering infrastructure  •  SCADA security  •  embedded software development  •  embedded hardware development  •  radio communications  •  network communications  •  cyber security  •  elliptic curve cryptography

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