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Computer Security Practitioner Series: Application and Benefits of Reverse Engineering and Code Review in Hardware Manufacturing

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Information Trust Institute
Coordinated Science Lab Auditorium (B02)
Apr 17, 2018   3:00 pm  
Rodrigo Branco, Chief Security Researcher at Intel Corporation


In his seminar, Rodrigo will speak about the day-to-day challenges faced for a reverse engineer and security researcher who works for a large computer hardware manufacturer such as Intel. While this seminar will not discuss the recent Meltdown and Specter vulnerabilities, it will provide a discussion for how effective security control considerations in hardware and software can help to provide for more secure and robust computing environment.


Rodrigo Branco, PhD is also known as BSDaemon, is a Chief Security Researcher at Intel Corporation and leads its SeCoE STORM (STrategic Offensive Research & Mitigations) Team, which is responsible for bringing state-of-the art security research to Intel Products. Previously, he lead the Core Client team; during that period, he became a recognized expert in key core technologies, such as SGX and microcode and led a multitude of initiatives to secure Intel products. Rodrigo’s innovative mindset has also led to more than twenty patent applications, changes in the approach to security analysis, and improvements to a variety of products. Prior to Intel, he released dozens of vulnerabilities in many important software programs. In 2011, he was honored as one of the top contributors of Adobe. He is a member of the RISE Security Group and the organizer of the Hackers to Hackers Conference (H2HC), the oldest security research conference in Latin America. He is an active contributor to open-source projects. He has spoken at many security and open-source related events, including Black Hat, Hack in The Box, XCon, OLS, Defcon, Hackito, Zero Nights, Troopers, among many others. He has published several papers in the fields of exploit writing, reverse engineering, malware analysis, and rootkit development. Rodrigo has also served on the invited review committees for a variety of security research conferences, such as Black Hat, PHDays, CCNC and others.

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