The HECTOR project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, was launched in March 2015 and ended in July 2018.
The main objective of the project was to bridge basic algorithmic approaches with hardware-level security implementations. It required integrating secure cryptographic primitives such as random number generators (RNGs) and physically unclonable functions (PUFs), together with physical attack countermeasures. HECTOR studied, designed and implemented RNGs and PUFs with demonstrable entropy guarantees and quality metrics. This included on-the-fly entropy testing and physical attacks evaluations, which enabled more secure systems and easier certification.