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HARDWARE ENABLED CRYPTO AND RANDOMNESS

Objective

A single flipped bit or a weak random number generator can cause secure systems to fail. The main objective of this proposal is to close the gap between the mathematical heaven of cryptographic algorithms and their efficient, secure and robust hardware implementations. It requires integrating secure cryptographic primitives such as random number generators (RNGs) and physically uncloneable functions (PUFs), together with physical attack countermeasures. Therefore we will study, design and implement RNGs and PUFs with demonstrable entropy guarantees and quality metrics. This includes on-the-fly entropy testing and physical attacks evaluations. This will enable more secure systems and easier certification.
State-of-the-art cryptography and countermeasures can fail due to low-entropy random numbers. The unknown is ‘how much’ they will fail and how much entropy degradation can be tolerated (due to attacks or RNG designs mixing true and pseudo randomness). Our objective is to study the strength and gradual security degradation when using lower entropy random numbers. This will enable more optimal and secure implementations.
These objectives have to be combined with hardware efficiency and flexibility. This means addressing the extremely low-cost and low-power requirements of constrained embedded devices, low-latency of real-time memory encryption, or high throughput of future terabit networks.
Ultimately, we target security building blocks that are flexible, hardware-friendly, efficient, and robust against physical attacks, and which will be demonstrated on European relevant use cases.
We bring together experts from industry, academia and evaluation labs with collective ambitions, potential and track records and with complementary expertise, dissemination and impact potential. Results will not only benefit the companies involved and their customers, but also the broader ICT through publications and inputs to standardization and certification bodies.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computer security/cryptography

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Address
Burgplatz 3A
9500 Villach
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 540 468,75

Participants (8)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 595 500
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE JEAN MONNET SAINT-ETIENNE
France
EU contribution
€ 489 875
Address
Rue Trefilerie 10
42023 Saint Etienne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THALES SIX GTS FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 549 375
Address
Avenue Des Louvresses 4
92230 Gennevilliers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STMICROELECTRONICS ROUSSET SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 573 618,75
Address
Avenue Coq Zi Peynier Rousset
13790 Rousset
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STMICROELECTRONICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 413 250
Address
Via C.olivetti 2
20864 Agrate Brianza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MICRONIC AS
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 472 000
Address
Trebejov 41
04481 Kysak
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 518 750
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BRIGHTSIGHT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 341 250
Address
Brassersplein 2
2612 CT Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)