Cyber Security Forums now available on YouTube

17th February 2021
Joe Bush

Electronic Specifier’s Cyber Security Forums, held during last year’s electronica show, are now available to view on our YouTube channel and within our own Tech Videos section.

Issues around cyber security have proliferated every sector of industry, exacerbated by the uncertainty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Some of the highlights from the electronica Cyber Security Forums can be seen below, with links to the complete selection of videos.


Opportunities for IoT to revolutionise healthcare have recently exploded. COVID-19 and the need for patients to recover in place has provided remote patient monitoring that shot-in-the-arm it’s been looking for. Increased connectivity between devices and medical services are producing unprecedented quantities of patient data.

This large and new connected world in the medical device space provides not only the potential of increased patient risk in terms of safety and security issues, but for the healthcare community overall. There have been some very public examples of successful cyber security attacks, and Steve’s presentation will explore those industry events and trends, as well as some system level technology helping to secure connected medical devices. Steven Dean from ON Semiconductor looks at the security issues thrown up within the medical space.

Additional presentations for this forum:

Dr Chris Elliott, Chief Regulatory Officer, Leman Micro Devices
Security and Privacy for Medical Devices - a look into the future

Scott Jones, Managing Director, Maxim Integrated
Why Does a Medical Tool Need Security?


With more and more networking functionality like Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, LTE, etc. added to vehicles each year, the attack surfaces continue to grow. This will continue to dramatically increase as we move to the autonomous vehicle. But are they connected with a foundation of security in mind? Connected vehicles form networks and provide access to in-vehicle networks which are exposed to many forms of attack. Such attacks are real and well documented in the media, resulting in damage to manufacturer brand reputation and direct revenue impact due to recalls.

As part of Electronic Specifier’s Cyber Security forum on Automotive, Todd Slack from Microchip Technology’s Secure Products Group demonstrates a practical methodology of securing automotive in vehicle networking against such threats using hardware-based companion security solutions. He will examine the types of threats and potential attack surfaces in the network and how to protect against such threats.

Additional presentations for this forum:

Davide Santo, Radar System Solutions General Manager, ON Semiconductor
Securing Sensing: Why & How?

Michael Haight, Director of Micros, Security & Software Business Unit, Maxim Integrated
Increasing Automotive Safety and Reliability with Component Authentication


To meet the security and cryptography requirements of IoT devices or embedded systems, designers have multiple implementation choices. For example, consider an IoT device that is operated from a system microcontroller that does not integrate hardware (HW) security functions nor secure storage for keys/secrets. Cryptography could be implemented in software with this micro, but if there is risk that the device will be reverse-engineered or attacked in an effort to break the security, it would be relatively easy to compromise. 

An alternative with this same microcontroller would be to utilise an externally attached dedicated hardware-based secure authenticator IC that provides a turn-key crypto toolbox suitable for the application and secure storage of sensitive data such as keys. Another strong option would be to use a secure microcontroller which integrates hardware-based security to both control the IoT device and to securely implement the cryptographic requirements. As part of this Embedded session Stéphane Di Vito, a product definer and security expert for Maxim Integrated’s Micros Security and Software Business Unit, discusses the benefits of both hardware-based solutions.

Additional presentations for this forum:

Xavier Bignalet, Security Product Manager, Microchip
The Trust Platform for the Cryto-Authentication Family

Philip Attfield, CEO, Sequitur Labs
IoT Device Security - Protecting AI/ML at the Edge


It is predicted that by 2021 there will be over 11 billion connected devices worldwide, with that figure predicted to nearly double by 2025. Therefore, securing the IoT is going to be a daunting challenge moving forward.

However, Silicon Labs’ Sharon Hagi details how security threats have changed and escalated, focusing more than ever on IoT. In addition, recent regulations like GDPR in Europe and SB-327 in California protect vulnerable data and privacy by placing more pressure on manufacturers to step up security best practices, such as security certifications for IoT devices. Sharon will explain how the latest IoT device security tools are helping to protect devices and data and ensure regulatory compliance.

Additional presentations for this forum:

Asif Hamidullah, Head of Certification - IoT & Verticals; Bus Dev - NA, Asia Pacific & LATAM, Global Certification Forum GCF Consumer IoT Security Programme

Ian Ferguson, VP Marketing and Strategic Alliances, Lynx Software Technologies
The Security of IoT Systems Takes the Spotlight

Erik Halthen, Product Marketing Manager, CTO Office, Security CoE, Analog Devices
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