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MacB Technical Expert to Present FPGA Assurance Whitepaper at GOMACTech

ROANOKE, Va., March 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB), a leading National Security company delivering advanced engineering services, cybersecurity and product solutions, announced today that a technical expert from its Secure Computing and Communications (SCC) division will present at the 2018 Government Microcircuit Applications and Critical Technology (GOMACTech) conference. Principal Hardware Engineer Stephen Baka will feature a whitepaper abstract entitled, “Malicious Trigger Discovery in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Firmware” on Tuesday, March 13 during a session on FPGA Security. The four-day conference, scheduled from March 12-15, will feature presentations supporting Department of Defense (DoD) advanced microelectronics initiatives at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida.

Mr. Baka’s presentation will detail innovative solutions for detecting Hardware Trojans and “kill switches”. MacB’s efforts support the DoD initiative of Assured and Trusted Microelectronics Systems, and provide the capability to deploy safe and reliable electronic systems to the warfighter. The technology was developed by MacB’s SCC team during work on a Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware (VET) program for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

“Steve will showcase our advanced automated FPGA assurance methods to the DoD community by highlighting the innovative techniques and lessons-learned via the DARPA VET program,” said Barry Polakowski, Senior Director of MacB’s SCC division. “This is the fifth year in a row that we’ve been selected to present a technical paper or serve as a panelist at GOMACTech – a testament to MacB’s reputation as a trusted and accredited microelectronics services provider.”

Over the past 38 years, MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) has been solving many of our Nation’s most complex National Security challenges. We are committed to delivering critical capabilities in the areas of Intelligence and Analysis, Cybersecurity, Secure Cloud Engineering, Research and Development, Integrated Laboratories and Information Technology to Defense, Intelligence Community, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security, and Federal agencies to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. With Corporate Headquarters in Dayton, Ohio and National Capital Headquarters in Vienna, Virginia, our 1,500 employees worldwide are dedicated to developing mission-focused and results-oriented solutions that make a difference where and when it matters most. Learn more about MacB at

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