Internet of Things (IoT) systems are comprised of networked components that connect the physical and digital worlds, such as sensors, actuators, controllers, and computing devices. Much of today’s critical infrastructure depends on this technology. Smart power grids, nuclear power plants, military command centers, smart city installations, transportation systems, smart homes and smart offices belong to this category.
These systems were initially designed to be functional, reliable and interoperable across different manufacturers and standards. Security was an afterthought. As a result, these systems present a rich “attack surface,” or group of exposed vulnerabilities that can be exploited in a security attack. The potential consequences of a security attack are not just limited to data breaches or lost productivity – human lives may be at risk.
At PARC, our mission is to develop innovative security mechanisms to detect, diagnose and prevent attacks on cyber-physical systems. Our researchers approach this challenge from multiple perspectives, ranging from cryptographic protocols and novel designs of networking and distributed systems to adversarial machine learning algorithms and model-based reasoning.
Our work is centered around a series of Focus Areas that we believe are the future of science and technology.
We’re continually developing new technologies, many of which are available for Commercialization.