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Timo Kasper

Timo Kasper studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Ruhr-University Bochum and at the University of Sheffield, UK. In 2006, his Diploma thesis "Embedded Security Analysis of RFID Devices" won the first place award for IT security (CAST, Darmstadt). Timo Kasper has been research assistant at the Chair for Embedded Security of the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI) since October 2006. He completed his studies 2011 with a PhD in Engineering. In 2012, his PhD thesis "Security Analysis of Pervasive Wireless Devices - Physical and Protocol Attacks in Practice" won the first place award for IT security (CAST, Darmstadt). Timo is co-founder of Kasper & Oswald GmbH offering innovative products and services for security engineering.

His field of research covers the security of embedded cryptographic systems such as smartcards, microcontrollers, and FPGAs, with a focus on RFID and wireless applications. Timo Kasper has experience with security analyses and penetration testing, implementation attacks (side-channel analysis, fault injection), reverse engineering, and system-level approaches such as man-in-the-middle attacks. He is skilled in implementing cryptography on embedded systems and efficiently securing them with countermeasures. His publications demonstrate various security vulnerabilites of real-world applications, e.g., by breaking an access control system (KeeLoq, Crypto 2008), a payment system (Financial Crypto 2010), and the security mechanism of widespread FPGAs (ACM CCS 2011).