Cyber ​​security expert on weekend supply chain attack


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A weekend cyber attack by hackers affected thousands of businesses around the world. The ransomware barrage focused on the supply chain and resulted in a demand of $ 70 million from hackers.

Santiago Torres-Arias, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University, is working on the implementation of new cybersecurity solutions, particularly in the area of ​​the software supply chain. A system is only as strong as its weakest link, he said, and in supply chain security hackers will look to find this program in a software chain that is vulnerable and destroy it. To hack.

“Someone writes a little program and it gets integrated into other systems over and over again until it ends up in a power grid program or some other high-stakes computer,” Torres-Arias said. “And this tool then becomes a target for attackers who want, for example, to break into the power grid.”

Find out more about his expertise:

  • Torres-Arias is the lead developer or outright creator of many dedicated software supply chain security tools under the Linux Foundation.
  • It focuses on computer engineering in the software supply chain, reinforced by additional research on password storage mechanisms and software update systems, ensuring that people create software and hardware do not compromise the security and privacy of its prospective users.
  • He is a member of the Purdue Insurance and Information Security Education and Research Center (CERIAS).
  • He was recently cited in Wired.

Media contact: Brian Huchel, 765-494-2084, [email protected]

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