The Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) is an essential cornerstone in the German system of crime control and law enforcement. Along with other German police forces of the federation and the federal states and in co-operation with foreign security agencies, it makes an active contribution to maintaining internal security in a free, democratic Europe.
Technikon (TEC) is a private, independent, Austrian SME with a highly specialized multinational team of 20+ engineers and scientists. TEC is dedicated to security engineering services as well as the planning, assessment and coordination of large and international industry driven research projects. By bringing in their expertise and experience, TEC will ensure a smooth project execution, perform regular risk and quality management and conduct an ethical evaluation of the research activities. Besides that, TEC strong and innovative media department will ensure to properly communicate and disseminate the project progress and its results in diversified ways.
The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) is an agency of the Ministry of Justice and Security of the Netherlands. The NFI is the national institute for independent scientific forensic investigations. Its Department of Forensic Digital Technology and Biometric Traces has been researching data extraction from damaged and locked integrated circuits since 1998. In the device forensics research group there is an interdepartmentally financed research project which has enabled a well-equipped laboratory to be built. With this equipment, complex invasive chip and system hacks are conducted. The equipment will be modernized in the coming years in order to stay able to attack the latest generations of SoC ICs.
The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. CSIC main objective is to develop and promote research that favour scientific and technological progress. Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica (IMB-CNM) is a non-profit Research Institute belonging to the CSIC and providing one of the large‐scale scientific and technological facilities (ICTS) in Spain. The institute is used for integrated micro‐ and nano‐fabrication and to perform full IC reverse engineering services with several software tools to automate different stages of the process and to deal with the immense volume of data that is generated.
The National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) is a special agency of the Norwegian Police Service tasked with the investigation of organized crime and other serious criminal cases. The digital forensics laboratory provides advanced capabilities within the fields of software and hardware reverse engineering, development, and data extraction. Most relevant for ForRES project, NCIS has many years of combined expertise in analogue and digital IC design as well as FPGA design, which is directly applicable to the effort into analysing and simulating extracted netlists. NCIS also has an advanced mechanical workshop set up for rapid prototyping which can support the project with custom parts (e.g holders, fixtures).