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DARPA’s SSITH hopes to use hardware to defend software attacks

13 April 2018

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has begun work on a new programme that aims to bolster the hardware side of electronic system security.

The System Security Integrated through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) programme aims to protect systems against broad classes of hardware vulnerabilities, rather than the individual instances of software weaknesses that seek to exploit them. A Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the programme was published in April 2017.

SSITH has made significant progress over the past year, said Dr Linton Salmon, a programme manager in the agency’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), who is overseeing the project.

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