In the interview with Jason Oberg, Ph.D., Co-Founder & CEO of Tortuga Logic, we discuss the problem of security “holes” in silicon hardware, and how Tortuga has developed a solution to efficiently and systematically detect and prevent these security vulnerabilities before they go into final hardware. Security is a red-hot space in the startup world today, for the obvious reasons, but most security companies are dealing with software and algorithms. Tortuga Logic operates at a deeper and more fundamental level, in the silicon hardware itself.
Dr, Oberg oversees technology and strategic positioning of the company. He is the founding technologist of the company and has brought years of intellectual property into the company that he successfully transferred out of the University of California. Jason has led the company since inception. Under his leadership, Tortuga has met all of its key milestones including raising capital, tripling the team size, putting together strategic partnerships, and generating revenue on all products and services. Dr. Oberg has a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.
Tortuga sells both hardware security assessment services, and prospect security verification software. They sell directly to silicon solution companies, and they are partnering with Electronic Design Automation (EDA) companies, since the Tortuga security solution is capable of working with various EDA tool vendors’ solutions.
Dr. Oberg and his Co-Founder, Jonathan Valamehr, Ph.D., founded the company in 2013 with some core technology developed at the University of California. Tortuga has an exclusive license to this core security technology, and they have extended upon it at Tortuga. The Tortuga Silicon Security Blog has some great information of the problem and Tortuga’s solution. The solution is valuable across numerous vertical markets including, but not limited to, cloud computing, mobile devices, the Internet of Things (IoT), Defense & National Security, and Automotive. Tortuga is a very cool company with some brilliant founders and a terrific solution to a large and prevalent problem. They are currently being incubated at EvoNexus in San Diego. I’ll be tracking their progress.
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