Embedded systems cybersecurity is a strategic approach to protecting software running on embedded systems from attack.
An embedded system is a programmable hardware component with a minimal operating system and software. Embedded systems are designed to perform a dedicated function or functions.
Like cybersecurity in most IT fields, embedded system cybersecurity requires an end-to-end approach that includes addressing security issues during the design phase.
Security considerations should include the cost of an attack on an embedded system, the cost of an attack and the number of possible attack vectors.
Effective cybersecurity is especially important for embedded systems because embedded devices are prime targets for hacking, as a successful attack can give intruders access to the data produced, received, and processed by them.
This can often have serious ramifications for the larger system being powered by the embedded device such as shutting down an embedded device within the F-15 fighter jet, which collects data from various cameras and sensors, can significantly hamper the jet’s defenses.
Cybersecurity professionals believe the best way to prevent attacks on embedded systems is for software developers to step up and provide essentials, such as:
- Expect firmware to be updated regularly
- Limit access to embedded systems to a need-to-use basis
- Provide a way for network administrators to monitor connections to and from embedded systems
- Allow integration with third-party security management systems
Want to learn more? Tonex offers Advanced Embedded Systems Cybersecurity, a 2-day training course workshop where participants learn to explore vulnerabilities in embedded systems that are commonly exploited.
Participants also learn about key concepts, techniques, tools, risk assessment and management and strategies for integrating cybersecurity mitigation and measures into products and systems.
Learn the best practices to integrate cybersecurity into ConOps, requirements, architecture & design, implementation, verification & validation, and operations & maintenance processes.
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