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Course Description

As the line between hardware and software security continues to blur, the need for an integrated approach is more critical than ever. We are excited to offer a pioneering course that focuses on the intersection of Anti-Tamper and Cybersecurity. This innovative program will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of cyber threats and defenses, specifically focusing on anti-tamper technologies.

Traditionally, anti-tamper has been treated as a distinct domain separate from information assurance and cybersecurity. However, with the ubiquitous prevalence of software in nearly all technologies, this approach is no longer sufficient. The course will illustrate how hardware security, and more specifically anti-tamper hardware, is now interwoven with software security.

As we delve into the complex world of anti-tamper technologies, we'll unpack how they are becoming increasingly vital in the broader cybersecurity ecosystem. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of anti-tamper software and anti-tamper solutions and how they are applied in real-world scenarios, from malware and Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) campaigns to incident response and social engineering.

This course aims to foster a holistic understanding of how anti-tamper hardware and software now relate to the larger cybersecurity picture. We will explore the latest anti-tamper technologies and solutions, offering practical insights on how to leverage them in various cyber threat landscapes. Participants will learn how to identify potential vulnerabilities, design and implement anti-tamper software, and develop comprehensive anti-tamper strategies that consider both hardware and software aspects.

Through practical exercises and case studies, you'll be able to apply what you've learned in real-world settings, enhancing not only your own skills but also your company's overall cybersecurity posture.

Who Should Take This "Anti-Tamper and Cybersecurity" Course?

  1. Cybersecurity Professionals: This course is ideal for cybersecurity experts who want to broaden their understanding of the interconnectedness of hardware and software security. If you're a security analyst, IT auditor, network engineer, or cybersecurity consultant, you'll find this course particularly beneficial.

  2. Hardware Engineers and Architects: Professionals who design and develop hardware can gain insights into how their creations can be protected from physical and digital tampering. This understanding can inform their design process, leading to inherently safer hardware products.

  3. Software Developers and Engineers: Those involved in software development will benefit from understanding how hardware security complements their efforts in building secure software. They will gain a holistic view of cybersecurity and appreciate the significance of anti-tamper solutions in the wider security landscape.

  4. IT Professionals and System Administrators: IT staff responsible for maintaining and protecting systems and networks will gain valuable knowledge on how to identify potential vulnerabilities and implement anti-tamper technologies to enhance their organization's security.

  5. Students and Academics in Cybersecurity: For those studying or teaching in the field of cybersecurity, this course offers a comprehensive exploration of anti-tamper technologies, their practical applications, and their role in the broader cybersecurity context.

  6. Organizations and Businesses: Companies looking to enhance their cybersecurity defenses will find value in having their IT and security teams trained in understanding and implementing anti-tamper solutions. This can lead to improved security practices and a more robust defense against both physical and digital threats.

Our Anti-Tamper and Cybersecurity course is well-suited for anyone who wishes to understand the integrated landscape of hardware and software security. It caters to a wide range of professionals, from those already in the cybersecurity field to those designing and implementing hardware and software solutions. Enroll now to enhance your understanding and ability to navigate the complex world of anti-tamper technologies and cybersecurity!

Example Course Schedule:

Day 1 - Introduction to Anti-Tamper and Cybersecurity

  • Course Introduction and Objectives

  • The Interplay between Hardware and Software Security

  • The Evolution of Anti-Tamper Technologies

  • Understanding Cyber Threat Landscapes

Day 2 - Diving into Anti-Tamper Technologies

  • Exploring Anti-Tamper Hardware

  • Deep Dive into Anti-Tamper Software

  • Practical Applications of Anti-Tamper Solutions

  • Case Study: Implementing Anti-Tamper Technologies

Day 3 - Cyber Threats and Anti-Tamper Responses

  • Understanding Malware and Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Campaigns

  • Role of Anti-Tamper Solutions in Mitigating Cyber Threats

  • Incident Response and Anti-Tamper Strategies

  • Case Study: Responding to a Cyber Incident with Anti-Tamper Technologies

Day 4 - Social Engineering and Anti-Tamper Defense

  • The Human Element: Social Engineering Explained

  • Anti-Tamper Technologies as a Defense Against Social Engineering Attacks

  • Proactive Strategies: Using Anti-Tamper Solutions to Prevent Social Engineering

  • Case Study: Thwarting a Social Engineering Attack with Anti-Tamper Technologies

Day 5 - Consolidation and Future Trends

  • Reinforcing Key Course Concepts: Interactive Discussion

  • Examining Future Trends in Anti-Tamper and Cybersecurity

  • Preparing for the Future: Building Resilience with Anti-Tamper Technologies

  • Course Conclusion and Next Steps

Please note that this is just a sample schedule and the actual course schedule may vary based on the specific needs of the participants and the evolving landscape of cybersecurity and anti-tamper technologies.

As we anticipate an enlightening journey through the interconnected world of Anti-Tamper and Cybersecurity, we invite you to join us and gain a comprehensive understanding of the significance and practical applications of anti-tamper technologies in both hardware and software.

Throughout this course, you will have the opportunity to dissect and explore various anti-tamper solutions, delving into their role in the broader cybersecurity landscape. You'll learn how anti-tamper software and anti-tamper hardware can fortify your defenses against cyber threats, from malware and APT campaigns to social engineering attacks.

The landscape of cybersecurity is ever-evolving, and staying ahead of potential threats requires ongoing learning and adaptation. This course will provide you with the tools and knowledge to navigate this landscape with confidence, using the latest anti-tamper technology.

Prepare to empower yourself with the ability to implement effective anti-tamper solutions in your respective roles and organizations. As you move forward with this course, anticipate acquiring essential insights and skills that will bolster your knowledge of anti-tamper hardware and software, and strengthen your cybersecurity posture.

About Boston Cybernetics Institute

Boston Cybernetics Institute, PBC was created by former MIT Lincoln Lab cybersecurity researchers to give meaningful niche cyber instruction to a new generation of cybersecurity professionals.


We avoid the normal style of teaching with PowerPoint and lectures, opting to provide instead real-life engaging instruction that takes place in a customized environment. We have given our style of instruction to multiple DoD agencies, US commercial companies, and international companies.


Instructors at Boston Cybernetics Institute

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Jeremy Blackthorne

President of the Boston Cybernetics Institute

Jeremy Blackthorne is a Lead Instructor at the Boston Cybernetics Institute (BCI). Before BCI, he was a researcher in the Cyber System Assessments group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Blackthorne is the co-creator and instructor for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) courses: Modern Binary Exploitation, Spring 2015 and Malware Analysis, Spring 2013. ​Jeremy has published research at various academic and industry conferences. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is an alumnus of RPISEC. He holds a BS and MS in computer science. ​ Blackthorne was an active member of the Student Security Club and CTF team, RPISEC, from 2012 to 2015, where he taught seminars on Reverse-Engineering, Exploitation, and various other Cybersecurity topics.


Clark Wood

security researcher and instructor

Clark Wood is a security researcher and instructor at the Boston Cybernetics Institute (BCI), focusing on Reverse Engineering, Exploitation, and CI/CD. He recently built a Reverse-Engineering and Exploitation platform for a DoD customer and is the Lead Engineer for BCI’s Government Services. Clark was formerly on the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he was a member of the Cyber System Assessments Group. ​Clark holds a BA in Economics from the University of Florida, a BS and MS in Computer Science from Florida State University, and a Master’s in Technology and Policy from MIT. ​


Rodolfo Cuevas

security researcher and instructor

Rodolfo Cuevas is a security researcher and instructor at BCI, where he focuses on understanding how design constraints can be used to limit the impact of an attacker on a system. His research combines the adversarial mindset with approaches influenced by Systems and Control Theory. ​ Rodolfo was a staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and began his career as a RADAR and Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) analyst. Later, Rodolfo transitioned to evaluating and Red-Teaming tactical and commercial cyber systems in support of DoD and other government programs. ​ Rodolfo holds a BS, M.Eng., and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.


Reed Porada

security researcher and instructor

Reed Porada is a security researcher and instructor at BCI, focused on getting to the "so what" of both defensive and offensive cyber measures. Reed also leads BCI training in Cyber Systems Analysis, focusing on developing systems-thinking skills of developers up to managers. ​Reed was a staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for ten years, where he was responsible for Test and Evaluation, Test Automation Research, Red-Teaming of Cyber Systems, and Blue System Architectures. Reed was a computer scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory focused on wireless communication systems. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MS in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Anti-Tamper and Cybersecurity

Mastering the Intersection of Anti-Tamper and Cybersecurity



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