18/08/2021 - To live in a trusted digital world

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Vincent Cachard , Director of the Nanoelec/Pulse program and manager of the Hardware security research department at CEA-Leti © P. Jayet/CEA

Vincent Cachard , Director of the Nanoelec/Pulse program comes on the context and challenges of the R&D in digital trust and cybersecurity.

With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), new services based on data management are multiplying. The increase in the number of cyber-attacks is raising awareness among the public and institutions of the risks associated with a toot rapid and poorly controlled digital transition.
New vulnerabilities are being identified and revealed to the general public at a time when medical devices, automobiles, industrial and urban equipment are becoming increasingly connected and autonomous. These vulnerabilities and the attacks that exploit them are undermining the trust of the users in connected services and goods. Consequently, these attacks have an impact not only on the image of the companies, but also on the society’s economy. They even sometimes compromise the legal and social liability of the public or private players who have inadequately protected their products.
However, when designing digital products, cybersecurity is often seen as a constraint which should not weigh too heavily on the primary function (health care, mobility, manufacturing, etc.), whether in terms of cost, performance, or ergonomics. The challenge of the Nanoelec/Pulse program is thus to identify how electronic technologies can participate in the emergence of new products and services capable of increasing operating safety, protect the confidentiality, authenticity and integrity of digital data, guarantee protection of privacy, while simplifying the deployment of cybersecurity strategies. Our work focuses on three application areas: the security of industrial systems, that of robots and self-driving vehicles, and the Silver economy.
In its own way, the Pulse program aims to help meet the vital need from institutions, solutions suppliers and users, to live in a trusted digital world.


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