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Point/Counterpoint
March/April 2011 (vol. 28 no. 2)
pp. 56-59
Yuan Xiang Gu, Cloakware of Irdeto
Brecht Wyseur, Nagravision S.A., Switzerland
Bart Preneel, K.U.Leuven, Belgium
Reiner Sailer, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
In this issue's installment of Point/Counterpoint, the two teams take on software security. In "Software-Based Protection Is Moving to the Mainstream," Yuan Xiang Gu, Brecht Wyseur, and Bart Preneel make the point that software and hardware co-design will be the way the future takes shape; in their counterpoint, "Only Hardware-Assisted Protection Can Deliver Durable Secure Foundations," Jean-Daniel Aussel and Reiner Sailer argue that hardware is the only place to truly engineer in security.

1. J. Halderman et al., "Lest We Remember: Cold-Boot Attacks on Encryption Keys," Comm. ACM, vol. 52, no. 5, 2009, pp. 91–98.
1. IBM Security Solutions "X-Force 2009 Trend and Risk Report, Annual Review of 2009," IBM, Feb. 2010.
2. J. Rutkowska, "Subverting Vista Kernel for Fun and Profit," SyScan'06 & Black Hat Briefings 2006; www.blackhat.com/presentations/bh-usa-06 BH-US-06-Rutkowska.pdf.

Index Terms:
point/counterpoint, software, hardware, security, co-design
Citation:
Yuan Xiang Gu, Brecht Wyseur, Bart Preneel, Jean-Daniel Aussel, Reiner Sailer, "Point/Counterpoint," IEEE Software, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 56-59, March-April 2011, doi:10.1109/MS.2011.39
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