Tracking security at ESC Boston -

Tracking security at ESC Boston

Security Track Chair Larry Mittag previews the security track at the Boston Embedded Systems Conference.

Security is one of those topics that most people would rather not concern themselves with, but it's one that's increasingly moving to the forefront of embedded systems design. Military applications have always had to pay attention to it, but these days the headlines are filled with everything from Paris Hilton's hacked SideKick to a teenager's unlocking of his iPhone. Security by obscurity is no longer an option, because embedded devices are becoming a large part of everyday life. That position means that the devices must be built in such a way that they can be trusted.

This relatively new emphasis on security means fewer experts are willing and able to put together authoritative talks on the subject. ESC Boston is lucky enough to have a handful of excellent sessions such as Steven Singer speaking on “Embedded Security Solutions for Networking and Mobile Applications (ESC-341)” and Benjamin Jun covering the topic of “Tamper-Resistance: Building Clone-Resistant Devices (ESC-441).”

Rounding out the program we have ESC veteran Sebastion Marineau-Mes speaking on “Using Resource Partitioning to Build Secure, Survivable Embedded Systems (ESC-321)” and (just in case you still have any doubts) Todd Brian giving a talk entitled “Who Needs Safe and Secure Software? You Do! (ESC-461).”

This track just might be just what you need to avoid being the next headline.

Larry Mittag has more than 25 years design and development experience with embedded systems. He is one of the leading experts in the field of embedded systems, including embedded internet and wireless technologies, and is often invited to lecture and consult in the U.S. and abroad. He is a regular class instructor for the Embedded Systems Conferences and serves as the track chair for security and wireless networking tracks. He is a contributing editor on Embedded Systems Design magazine and is lead consultant for Mittag Enterprises. Mittag holds a degree in physics and education from Wright State University.

Register here for ESC Boston track classes. The conference will be held September 18 to 21 at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA. If you can't attend ESC Boston and are interested in these tracks, you can download track presentations for a fee from Embedded on Demand after the show.

Here's an overview of all the tracks at ESC Boston.

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