Hardware attacks do not usually make the news. But they can capture headlines. Gaining physical access to hardware is difficult but not impossible. After all, this can be a way to conduct corporate espionage, extort money, or steal important documents. If you read our previous blog about why it is important to protect your hardware, you might be interested in learning the common hardware threats and how to avoid them.
So far, we have been analyzing strategies and techniques to avoid hardware attacks that can be requested or purchased during the manufacturing stage. But what happens if you have legacy equipment, installed equipment, or if you want to start diagnosing or applying an enterprise-wide security strategy? Let ’s look at ways to reduce the risk of attacks thanks to hardening.
If you are a Star Wars fan, you probably are familiar with order 66. A chip was inserted in the brain of Clones to moderate their behavior and insert instructions. This chip included Order 66, an instruction to eliminate Jedis. Although Jedis did hire Kaminoans to build a Clone Army, Emperor Palpatine exploited his position of power to manipulate the instructions in the chip for his future benefit. And here you have an example of why you need to protect your hardware from long before it is installed in your facilities or other equipment.