Systems Security


Internet of Things (IoT) systems are comprised of networked components – sensors, actuators, controllers, computing devices – that connect the physical and digital worlds. 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.

At first, these systems were designed to be functional, reliable and interoperable across different manufacturers and standards. Security was an afterthought. As a result, these systems are exposed to a rich attack surface. The consequences of which are not limited to data breaches or loss productivity – they can put human lives 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.

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Our work is centered around a series of Focus Areas that we believe are the future of science and technology.

Commercialization Opportunities

We’re continually developing new technologies, many of which are available for Commercialization.


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