Side Channel Attack Resistant Chips

Victoria, BC
March 17, 2010
Complete network security: 1 dynamic framework and 1 dynamic protocol

Whitenoise Laboratories (Canada) Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. Mihai Sima of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria has received a grant from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada [NSERC.] NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada's long tradition of scientific excellence. Historically computer silicon chips have always been vulnerable to side channel attacks. In side channel attacks, hackers map the physical manifestations (i.e. energy consumption) of processes controlled by computers against the computer output in order to break security. The project is entitled: Testing Cryptographic algorithms against side channel attack. Whitenoise Laboratories (Canada) Inc. will be providing UVI C ECE with a scalable symmetric key authenticated encryption system to deploy and test on silicon microprocessors. The contention to be tested is that since all operations after key load are order 1 operations, it is Side Channel Attack resistant because it is not possible to correlate data from the physical manifestations of computer processes and digital output in an effort to learn anything discernable. Additionally, order 1 operations can never lag in efficiency to increasing processing speeds because it exploits top hardware speeds. It will always be quantum computing secure because speed increases allow these key sizes and strengths to increase by the same order of magnitude. Whitenoise Laboratories (Canada) Inc. is pleased to be a part of the collaborative public/private partnership with the world class Lower Mainland academic system in advancing sciences to protect our critical infrastructures.