M. Sc. Christian Kison

  • Externe/r Doktorand/in - Lehrstuhl Embedded Security
Kison, Christian


Fa­kul­tät für Elek­tro­tech­nik und In­for­ma­ti­ons­tech­nik
Uni­ver­si­täts­str. 150
44780 Bochum

ID 2/625
(+49)(0)234 / 32 - 24075
christian.kison@rub.de PGP Schlüssel


  • since 04/2014: Researcher at the Embedded Security Group at the Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 11/2013: Internship BKA in Wiesbaden
  • 2011-2013: Master of Science in Informations-Systemtechnik; TU Braunschweig
  • 2008-2011 : Bachelor of Science in Informations-Systemtechnik; TU Braunschweig


I am working on various topics in the area of hardware security. So far mainly on following topics:

During my current research

  • Side Channel Analysis
  • Hardware Reverse Engineering
  • Physical (Fault) Attacks
  • Self/Full Encrypting Devices
  • Pattern and Image Processing in VLSI circuits
  • Secure Storage Elements
  • Forensics (Smartphones and Mass Storage)


Bachelor and Master theses:
  • Image Processing in Hardware Reverse Engineering
  • Clock Bending
  • Accelerating Side Channel Analysis with Distributed and Parallelized Processing
  • Hidden Malware in full encrypted HDDs
  • Photon Emission Analysis
  • SSD - Side Channel Analysis

If any of these topics sound interesting to you, feel free to contact me.


Reverse Engineering x86 Processor Microcode

Philipp Koppe, Benjamin Kollenda, Marc Fyrbiak, Christian Kison, Robert Gawlik, Chris­tof Paar, Thorsten Holz - 26th USENIX Security Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, August 2017

Hardware reverse engineering: Overview and open challenges

Marc Fyrbiak, Sebastian Strauß, Christian Kison, Sebastian Wallat, Malte Elson, Nikol Rummel, Chris­tof Paar - IEEE 2nd International Verification and Security Workshop, IVSW 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 3-5, 2017.

Hardware Obfuscation: Techniques and Open Challenges

Georg T. Becker, Marc Fyrbiak, Christian Kison - Foundations of Hardware IP Protection, Springer International Publishing, 105—123, 2017

Finding the AES Bits in the Haystack: Reverse Enginering and SCA Using Voltage Contrast

Christian Kison, Jürgen Frinken, Chris­tof Paar - Work­shop on Cryp­to­gra­phic Hard­ware and Em­bed­ded Sys­tems, CHES 2015, Saint-Ma­lo, Fran­ce, Sep­tem­ber 13 - 16, 2015

got HW crypto? On the (in)security of a Self-Encrypting Drive series

Gunnar Alendal, Christian Kison, modg - Hardware Security Conference and Training, Hardwear.io 2015, The Hague, Netherlands, Oct 1-2, 2015