Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Level



Computer Science and Computer Engineering


Parkerson, Pat

Committee Member/Reader

Panda, Brajendra

Committee Member/Second Reader

Streeter, Lora


In recent years advancements have been made in computer hardware security to circumnavigate the threat of malicious hardware. Threats come in several forms during the development and overall life cycle of computer hardware and I aim to highlight those key points. I will illustrate the various ways in which attackers exploit flaws in a chip design, or how malicious parties take advantage of the many steps required to design and fabricate hardware. Due to these exploits, the industry and consumers have suffered damages in the form of financial loss, physical harm, breaches of personal data, and a multitude of other problems. Many are under the impression that such damages and attacks are only carried out at a software level. Because of this, flaws in chip design, fabrication, and the large scale of transistors on chips have often been overlooked as a means of exploitation. However, as is the trend in cyberattacks when one door is locked attackers look to gain an entrance with any possible means. Fortunately, strides have been made in closing those doors, however now that malicious attackers have been made aware of these openings the aim is to mitigate or even abolish the damage that has been dealt.


Hardware Security, Trojans, IC Design, Service Learning