June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Computing & Information Technology
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Curriculum Development for Embedded Systems SecuritySecurity of embedded systems is of primary concern from the point of view of the nation’seconomy and safety of its citizens. According to some estimates, the number of embeddeddevices in use is about two orders of magnitude higher than that of desktops. Moreover, as theChief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force recently stated at the 2013 CSIIR Workshop, in his estimateby the year 2025 there will be seven trillion IP enabled devices in existence, all forming ahumongous ecosystem that would need a well-educated workforce. This demand will create atremendous market for software engineers knowledgeable in embedded and cyberphysicalsystems and their security. This project is addressing respective issues by developing a modularsecurity curriculum, with modules accessible directly over the Internet.The topics selected in the first round of development include: (1) General educational moduleson security, such as “General Introduction to Computer Security”, “Introduction toCryptography” and “Embedded Systems Security”; (2) Security of specific technologies used inembedded systems, which currently involve “FPGA Security”, “RFID Security” and “SCADASecurity”; and (3) Software aspects of embedded systems security, such as “Java Security” and“Threat Modeling”.Each module includes the following components: Objectives and Introduction, StudentActivities, Suggested Readings, Hands-on Exercise, and Assessment. Eight modules developedthus far have been tested in undergraduate courses on embedded systems and computer networksat one academic institution, and are currently being revised for testing at other universities acrossthe nation. They are all available on the Internet and are currently being expanded to coveraspects specific to cyberphysical systems security.
Zalewski, J., & Kornecki, A. J., & Czejdo, B. D., & Gonzalez, F. G., & Subramanian, N., & Trawczynski, D. (2014, June), Curriculum Development for Embedded Systems Security Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20237
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