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Hands-On Hardware Hacking and Reverse Engineering

Joe Grand, Grand Idea Studio, Inc. | March 25-26


This course teaches hardware hacking and reverse engineering techniques and skills commonly used against hardware products. It is a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises covering the hardware hacking process, proper use of tools and test measurement equipment, circuit board analysis and modification, embedded security, and common hardware attack vectors. The course concludes with a final hardware hacking challenge in which students must apply what they've learned in the course to defeat the security mechanism of a custom circuit board.

A full course outline can be found at http://www.grandideastudio.com/portfolio/hardware-hacking-training/.

Who Should Take This Course

The course aims to educate everyone, from beginner hobbyists to computer security consultants to design engineers to senior management. Whether you like to get your hands dirty with hacking hardware or you are just curious about how hackers may reverse engineer your products, this course will be of benefit.

Student Requirements

No prior electronics experience is required. Expect to leave the course with a smile on your face and a hacked circuit board around your neck.

What Students Should Bring

Students should bring their own laptop running Windows (or equivalent virtual machine) and containing a functional USB interface. The laptop will be used for online research and to control test equipment. Software and drivers may need to be installed.

What Students Will Be Provided With


Joe Grand is an electrical engineer and the President of Grand Idea Studio (www.grandideastudio.com). He specializes in the invention, design, and licensing of consumer products and hobbyist embedded systems. Joe is a former member of the legendary hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries and has spent nearly two decades finding security flaws in hardware devices.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Doctorate of Science in Technology (Honorary) degree from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona.