Embedded Security Tools and Techniques: Hands-on Assessment Exercises

  • Overview
  • Requirements & Materials

Embedded Security Tools and Techniques: Hands-on Assessment Exercises

Course Description

Embedded computing systems are prolific in modern society and increasingly used in applications ranging from consumer products (e.g., mobile devices, wearables, smart appliances) to industrial and military systems (e.g., process control, mobile or field units). Growing dependence on self-driving transportation systems, smart city infrastructure, and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices further highlights the need for security and trust in these systems and the data they provide. Sophisticated attacks such as Stuxnet and Aurora have demonstrated the powerful implications of penetrating such systems and the need for protections at computing leaf nodes. Yet, embedded security lags behind that of general-purpose/traditional IT computing due to numerous factors such as the use of heterogeneous architectures, proprietary algorithms and protocols, resource constraints, and poor design practices.

The primary objective of this course is to learn tools and techniques to identify and mitigate cyber-security threats to embedded systems. The course is a series of hands-on labs (exercises) supplemented by a relatively small amount of lecture material. While working with real embedded system platforms, participants will learn how to instrument and test systems to obtain information. Participants will then learn how to perform functional and vulnerability analysis on embedded binaries, firmware, software, communications, etc., using static and dynamic methods. Secure design practices and mitigating strategies will be discussed to deter adversaries from applying similar methods to tamper with or steal designs. Participants will demonstrate their newly developed skillset on a capstone project involving assessment of a real embedded system.

Requirements & Materials

Important Information

This course requires completion of an access eligibility form. Please make sure you read the Course Restrictions section below before registering for this course. 



  • Familiarity with a Linux operating system, embedded microelectronics, binary and hexadecimal number formats



  • Hard copy of presentation/lab instruction materials
  • Laptop to use during class
  • Evaluation platforms
  • Test equipment

Course Restrictions

This course is restricted to US citizens who are industrial and/or government employees and complete the Access Eligibility Form. Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661. Attendees must fax the Access Eligibility Form to 404-407-8691 or RShelp@gtri.gatech.edu

Who Should Attend

This couse is designed for system developers, hardware or software designers, security or information assurance evaluators, and program managers.

Defense technology professional attending professional short course

What You Will Learn

  • Overview of embedded systems
  • Test and instrumentation of embedded systems
  • Analysis of embedded data, firmware, software, and communications
  • Vulnerability identification and mitigation
  • Hands-on exercises with real embedded platforms
Cybersecurity professional working on computer

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand embedded systems components, architectures, features, design, and constraints.
  • Learn test and instrumentation techniques and tools.
  • Identify weaknesses and potential vulnerabilities in embedded designs.
  • Learn defensive practices to protect embedded designs.
  • Obtain hands-on experience with real embedded platforms.
  • Taught by Experts in the Field icon
    Taught by Experts in the Field
  • Grow Your Professional Network icon
    Grow Your Professional Network

The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


We enable employers to provide specialized, on-location training on their own timetables. Our world-renowned experts can create unique content that meets your employees' specific needs. We also have the ability to deliver courses via web conferencing or on-demand online videos. For 15 or more students, it is more cost-effective for us to come to you.

  • Save Money
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Group Training
  • Customize Content
  • On-Site Training
  • Earn a Certificate
Learn More

Want to learn more about this course?