Spotlight on embedded security
Embedded systems are making their way into more and more areas of our daily lives. Trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine communication (M2M) mean that a growing number of devices and machines are being connected. Some of these are as small as household appliances but some as large as complex, industrial automation systems. Regardless of size, they are all controlled by dedicated, embedded computing systems.
All of this networking brings a host of new opportunities for companies through new business and service models. It also means more convenience and comfort for users. However, security in this embedded world is not cessarily keeping pace. The attack surface is widening rapidly, exposing sensitive data and IP, and threatening process integrity and business continuity.