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Efficiently Securing Non-Volatile Storage in Portable Systems

Researcher: Ken Mai

Research Area: Mobility | Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Devices | Secure Home Computing


Scope: Recent years have seen the rapid proliferation of portable electronic systems with non-volatile storage (e.g., HDDs, FLASH SSDs) that increasingly stores sensitive information. Energy efficiency is a paramount concern in these systems and limits the security features that can be implemented. We propose to develop energy efficient methods of securing the non-volatile storage in portable systems. We will focus on future generation storage systems using FLASH and emerging nonvolatile memory cell technologies (e.g., phase change, MRAM).

Outcomes: Novel secure memory/storage hierarchies. Non-volatile memory circuits that resist data extraction. Energy efficient encryption VSLI implementation.