You Should "Look Under the Hood" of Your Embedded Firmware

February 20, 2017

Imagine you've just built the "BMW" of embedded firmware. Your team's engineering efforts were fast and solid. Your project finished on time and (mostly) on budget. It feels like a win all around!

You've compiled your firmware image and you're just about ready to flash it onto the devices. But, has a security evaluation been performed on the compiled image? Could there be vulnerabilities in your code or new flaws that were introduced by the compilers themselves?

Could your "BMW" turn into a jalopy, as a high security risk for your company?

At some point, developers, consultants and managers will have to face the notion of insecure firmware. Yet, they repeatedly encounter a major obstacle in the design phase: many companies don't allocate resources to build in security. Perhaps the company thinks they're too small to be hacked and their devices would be uninteresting to attackers.

Think again.

Companies of all shapes and sizes, who produce large, small, interesting and not-so-interesting devices are targets for attackers. Cyber hackers sniff out vulnerabilities to either invade their devices directly or use them as vectors to launch larger, coordinated attacks.

Don't let your manufactured devices stall because of security holes.

Take a thorough "look under the hood" of your embedded firmware to mitigate your risk. Find out about your training options. Apply for a free trial of Centrifuge - an automated IoT security platform. And read about embedded firmware security.