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ICT COST Action IC1204
Trustworthy Manufacturing and Utilization of Secure Devices

Hardware security is becoming increasingly important for many embedded systems applications ranging from small RFID tag to satellites orbiting the earth. Its relevance is expected to increase in the upcoming decades as secure applications such as public services, communication, control and healthcare will keep growing. The vulnerability of hardware devices that implement cryptography functions (including smart cards) has become the Achilles heel in the last decade. Therefore, the industry is recognizing the significance of hardware security to combat semiconductor device counterfeiting, theft of service and tampering.

This COST action aims at creating a European network of competence and experts on all aspects of hardware security including design, manufacturing, testing, reliability, validation and utilization. The network will play a key role in developing solutions responding to the hardware security challenges, hence strengthening the position of Europe in the field.

(Descriptions are provided by the Actions directly via e-COST.)

General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Dr Giorgio DI NATALE (FR)

Vice Chair of the Action:

Prof Ilia POLIAN (DE)

Science officer of the Action:


Administrative officer of the Action:



Action Fact Sheet

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Memorandum of Understanding

Download MoU as PDF

Progress Report

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Download Poster as PDF


Action website:

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Last updated: 09 June 2012 top of page

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