Education Class 1

Title: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Systems Security: The Art and Science of Building and Breaking Secure Computing Systems
Instructor: Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, TU Darmstadt

Abstract: The science of systems security is concerned with security aspects of computing systems at both software and hardware layers. The ever-increasing complexity of computing systems, emerging technologies such as IoT and AI, and advancing attack capabilities pose a variety of (new) challenges on the design and implementation of security concepts, methods and mechanisms.
This talk provides an overview of our journey through the systems security research universe. It points out several aspects of advancing software security and hardware-assisted security in academia and industry. A particular focus of the talk is devoted to the current crucial security threat posed by software-exploitable hardware vulnerabilities that put our critical systems, and hence our society, at risk. Finally, we discuss our future vision and new research directions in systems security.

Bio: Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi is a professor of Computer Science and the head of the System Security Lab at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He has been leading several Collaborative Research Labs with Intel since 2012, and with Huawei since 2019.
He has studied both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Saarland, Germany. Prior to academia, he worked in R&D of IT-enterprises, including Ericsson Telecommunications. He has been continuously contributing to security and privacy research field. He was Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine, and currently serves on the editorial board of ACM TODAES, ACM TIOT, and ACM DTRAP.
For his influential research on Trusted and Trustworthy Computing he received the renowned German “Karl Heinz Beckurts” award. This award honors excellent scientific achievements with high impact on industrial innovations in Germany. In 2018, he received the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award for dedicated research, education, and management leadership in the security community and for pioneering contributions in content protection, mobile security and hardware-assisted security. In 2021, he was honored with Intel Academic Leadership Award at USENIX Security conference for his influential research on cybersecurity and in particular on hardware-assisted security.