Brian Richardson

Senior Technical Marketing Engineer

Brian Richardson is a senior technical marketing engineer. He’s spent most of his career as a "BIOS guy" working on the firmware that quietly boots billions of computers. Brian has focused on the industry transition to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), demystifying how firmware works and simplifying firmware development tools. He is a frequent speaker at the Intel Developer Forum. Brian is also a photographer and videographer on projects including UEFI training videos featured on Intel's YouTube* channel.

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Network Boot in a Zero-Trust Environment

Network boot is commonly used for everything from booting thin clients to using IT automation for bare-metal provisioning. Unfortunately, most network boot infrastructure is based on outdated standards encryption or authentication. This presents...

Using Host-based Analysis to Improve Firmware Resiliency

Intel has introduced a new analysis framework for firmware development, allowing developers to unit test firmware an OS environment.

Open Source Firmware: Two Ends of the Spectrum

Open source firmware is a growing community in software development. While many participants are driven by principles of software freedom and ownership, there are also benefits for corporate infrastructure.

This was evident when I...

Breaking Firmware for Fun and Profit… and Security

Attacks operating at the firmware level can be difficult to discover. There are methods for detecting and defending against attacks, which Intel shares through open source and training.

Implementing MicroPython as a UEFI Test Framework

Since its introduction in 2005, the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) has become the primary standard for firmware development. As the industry continues to develop Embedded Development Kit II (EDK II) as a core UEFI component, we are...

Using Whitelists to Improve Firmware Security

Firmware-based attacks typically attempt to add or modify system firmware modules stored in NVRAM. Tools provided by the open source CHIPSEC project can be used to generate and verify hashes of these modules, so users can detect unauthorized changes.

What you don’t know about firmware might get you 0wn3d

Following firmware developers on social media during Black Hat & Def Con can be a bit bewildering. Firmware is becoming more important in the realm of cybersecurity research. Most of the work I do is working with other firmware developers to...

Firmware to Fog: Smart Sensors for Logistics

For microcontrollers, it's a bit different. Firmware often represents the entire software stack, due to limited memory and compute resources. Low-power sensors are more heavily customized for specific markets, so changing firmware is essential to building a proper solution. Small devices like...

How to Build Products Using Open Platform Firmware

Platforms like MinnowBoard are a great starting point for IoT edge hardware... as long as you lock down a few things in the firmware.

Redfish, RESTful and x-UEFI: Modern Data Center Firmware

Look, I get it … the cloud sounds cooler than firmware. But today’s data center isn’t very cool if it can’t be easily managed, and modern firmware is designed to simplify server management.

Data center management: It ain’t what it used to be...

Securing Firmware is Crucial for IoT

An overview of IoT device security and the role firmware plays in the overall software picture.