|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2012
IOActive Announces Acquisition of Flylogic Engineering
and Hardware Security Lab
World-renowned Semiconductor Security Expert, Christopher Tarnovsky, to Head IOActive's Expanded Hardware Division
WA—July 26, 2012. IOActive, a a global leader in information security
services and research, today announced the acquisition of Flylogic
Engineering and its assets, in addition to the appointment of
Christopher Tarnovsky as IOActive's Vice President of Semiconductor
Security Services. In conjunction with this announcement, IOActive will
be opening an expanded hardware and semiconductor security lab in San
Flylogic and Mr. Tarnovsky have long
been at the forefront of this industry, building a world-renowned
reputation for delivering high-quality semiconductor assessments to
some of the most respected organizations in the world. With this
acquisition, IOActive will be opening a new multi-million dollar
hardware campus in San Diego. This lab will serve as both a training
facility and home for Flylogic's expansive hardware needs, including
tools such as a Focused Ion-Beam Workstation (FIB) and Scanning
Electron Microscope (SEM).
Advances in embedded device
manufacturing have resulted in smaller, faster, and more enhanced
chips. As a result, supply chain security has become even more critical
to forward-thinking enterprises: It is clear that investing solely in
software security is no longer enough to combat today's sophisticated
attackers. The new-generation attacker has targeted the silicon,
embedding hidden gates and/or backdoors at the electron level that
could allow any system appointed with the technology to be quietly
compromised far outside the realm of the asset holder to ever detect.
this acquisition, IOActive is the only leading international boutique
security firm in the world with the capability to review chips at the
silicon level in-house, using world-acknowledged and -accredited
experts while leveraging our best-of-breed software security experts.
The expansion of the San Diego lab will allow Tarnovsky and his team to
focus on performing these types of extensive semiconductor risk
assessments and provide the necessary insights to drive the shift
toward more secure chipsets.
"The passion and skill Chris
has for his work mirrors what IOActive's team has long been known for.
He has a keen eye and unmatched skill for breaking semiconductors,
coupled with a strong desire to help his clients be more secure," said
Jennifer Steffens, Chief Executive Officer of IOActive. "What he has
accomplished with Flylogic is amazing; we are thrilled to be forming
this unified team and to provide the support needed to bring services
to the next level."
"I've had the pleasure of getting to
know IOActive over the last few years and the timing couldn't be better
for this announcement. They continue to break the barriers of what is
expected from security firms and with their backbone of support, our
semiconductor security assessments can continue to surpass all
expectations," said Chris Tarnovsky, owner of Flylogic and now VP of
Semiconductor Security at IOActive. "I'm excited to work with them as
we strive to improve the security landscape overall."
Tarnovsky will be available to discuss Flylogic and the acquisition in
IOActive's IOAsis suite at Caesars Palace. For more information, visit
in 1998, IOActive is an industry leader that offers comprehensive
computer security services with specializations in smart grid
technologies, software assurance, and compliance. Boasting a
well-rounded and diverse clientele, IOActive works with a majority of
Global 500 companies including power and utility, hardware, retail,
financial, media, aerospace, high-tech, and software development
organizations. As a home for highly skilled and experienced
professionals, IOActive attracts talented consultants who contribute to
the growing body of security knowledge by speaking at such elite
conferences as Black Hat, Ruxcon, Defcon, BlueHat, CanSec, and
WhatTheHack. For more information, visit www.ioactive.com.