Rice boosts ‘internet of things’ security — again

Engineers’ custom circuits would make systems 14,000 times harder to crack than current tech

Rice University engineers have one-upped their own technique to increase security for the “internet of things.”

In truth, their upping is far greater than one.

开元阳, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice’s Brown School of 工程, and graduate student Yan He have introduced a technique to make security more than 14,000 times better than current state-of-the-art defenses while using far less energy.

The Rice team’s technique, introduced with a paper and presentation at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, is a hardware solution centered in the power management circuitry found in most central processing chips.

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Unfortunately, he said, any IoT device may become vulnerable to thieves, who could use it to gain access to entire households.

“Once they’ve found a hole, there are so many things they can do,” Yang said. “And they don’t need to get into a computer system or a cell phone. For instance, a thermostat connected to the network can become an access point to a home, a company, a hospital or a city.”

Last year’s breakthrough