September 14-15, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA
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Thursday, September 14 • 9:50am - 10:35am
Defeating Invisible Enemies: Firmware Based Security in the OpenPOWER Platform - George Wilson, IBM

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Adversaries mount attacks at all layers of the system stack including — to an increasing extent — firmware and kernel. Platform-level intrusion is a threat that academic papers have extensively described, researchers have demonstrated is real, and recent Wikileaks revelations have documented is pervasive. Technologies such as Trusted Computing and code signing are able to detect bootkits and rootkits and help prevent systems from executing these persistent and often invisible exploits. This talk discusses the motivation, design, and implementation of new Trusted Boot and Secure Boot features that bring strong firmware based protections to OpenPOWER systems.

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George Wilson

Security Architect and Development Team Lead, IBM's Linux Technology Center
George Wilson is a security architect and development team lead in IBM's Linux Technology Center. Since joining the LTC in 2004, he has led IBM's Linux security certification activities and development of open source security technology including key management, Trusted Computing... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2017 9:50am - 10:35am PDT
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