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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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...

UDK2017, the latest UEFI Development Kit release, is now available

Intel recently released the UEFI Development Kit 2017 (UDK2017) for development of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware, device drivers, and applications. UDK2017 is a snapshot of EDK II from the TianoCore open source project. If...

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. Since these platforms are primarily made for debugging and hacking, they ship with unsigned binary firmware...

From Firmware to Fog: Building Smart Sensors for Logistics

When you get deep into solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the line between firmware and application gets blurry ... or, in this case, foggy. Most of my development experience has been in one particular form of firmware,...

Signed UEFI Firmware Updates in EDK II

Intel has recently contributed a full implementation for UEFI Capsule update, including support for the EFI System Resource Table (ESRT) and Firmware Management Protocol (FMP), under EDK II. The SignedCapsulePkg has been ported to two open platforms...

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 ​ The...

Updates to Tianocore, an open source UEFI community

For years, Intel has hosted an open source UEFI implementation at tianocore.org. Now that community is getting a big upgrade. The UEFI Forum held a UEFI Plugfest last month in Taipei. Plugfest events have been a critical part of the UEFI ecosystem...

Was there more IoT at MWC or EMB? IDK.

I used to think the Internet of Things revolution would grow out of the embedded computing market. After this year’s Mobile World Congress, I’m not so sure. I couldn’t go to Embedded World in Germany this year. I had to miss the show due to other...

UEFI Tools…They’re Not Just for Hackers Anymore

There are some great tools available for unpacking UEFI images. This is wonderful if you want to learn more about firmware… but it might be bad news if you’re developing firmware without security in mind. My Twitter feed is full of firmware...

Securing Firmware is Crucial for IoT

I recently did an interview with Motherboard about IoT device security, and what role firmware plays in the overall software picture. As computers grow more ubiquitous (linking household appliances to phones to cars in a vast, nebulous “Internet...

The Internet of Droids (and other Star Wars IT Problems)

Star Wars is a great movie. But if the Death Star had run a security audit, it would have been a lot shorter… and the Rebel Alliance would have lost. I admit, when I first watched Star Wars as a five year old I wasn’t thinking about the Internet of...

Nemesis, meet UEFI Secure Boot

I guess I’m going to keep reading the same old stories about the same old hacks because we’re using the same old systems. FireEye recently published a report on a malware package called Nemesis, which exploits the classic Master Boot Record (MBR)...

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