• Classroom
  • Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description

Hardware Security Training course introduces participants to a variety of cryptographic processor and processing overhead, side-channel attacks, physically unclonable functions, hardware-based true random number generator, watermarking of IPS, FPGA security, passive and active metering and hardware based secure program execution.


By taking the hardware security training, you will learn the basics of hardware security and hardware cryptography. Basic topics such as crypto system, cryptanalysis, ciphers, and data encryption standards (DES) are covered. Moreover, you will be introduced to the basics of VLSI and hardware devices important in computer security such as CMOS, PMOS and VLSI design cycles.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the fundamentals of hardware security.
  • Identify common vulnerabilities in hardware systems.
  • Learn techniques for securing hardware components.
  • Explore cryptographic methods for hardware security.
  • Understand the role of secure boot processes in hardware security.
  • Examine real-world case studies of hardware security breaches.
  • Learn best practices for designing and implementing secure hardware architectures.
  • Explore the relationship between hardware and software security.
  • Understand the importance of secure firmware development.
  • Gain practical skills in assessing and mitigating hardware security risks.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • Exploitation Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Systems Analysis
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Threat Analysis


If you would like to provide feedback for this course, please e-mail the NICCS SO at NICCS@hq.dhs.gov.