Embedded System Cyber Security

2017 ~ Present | Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)


To examine and assess the existence of cyber security found within IoT hardware devices. In order to achieve this, we will implement a multi-domain investigation through the use of hardware reverse engineering, software/firmware reverse engineering, and RF analysis along with static and dynamic testing through instrumentation. Finally, any identified holes in the devices' cyber security protection will be tested and demonstrated.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Automated testing and tool development, design of wireless communication links, zero-day discovery.

Methods and Technologies

  • Hardware Reverse Engineering
  • Firmware Reverse Engineering
  • Networking
  • Software Defined Radios
  • Static/Dynamic Analysis
  • Instrumentation
  • Microcontrollers
  • Wireless Communications
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • Exploit Development

Academic Majors of Interest

  • College of Computing
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering

Preferred Interests and Preparation

EE, CmpE – Background/interest in networking, wireless communication, embedded systems. Networking and programming skills would be helpful but are not required.

CmpE, CS, IS – Background/interest in cyber security of cyber physical systems, vulnerability identification, exploit development.

Meeting Schedule & Location



Meeting Location: 

Klaus 1440

Meeting Day: 


Team Advisors

Chris M. Roberts (GTRI-CTISL)


Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)