I just finished with my MSc in Computer Science and Engineering (Security study-line) with a thesis on cache timing attacks on virtualized environments. I also have an MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. I am interested in both Computer Architecture and Security from a hardware perspective.
I am now considering taking an academic path, probably starting with some research assistance and then doing a PhD. Is there a point where these research fields meet? What topics represent a good mesh between the two fields?
Are there companies that are combining these fields?