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Advanced Embedded Systems Cybersecurity

Organizations that rely on embedded systems need to be particularly mindful of cybersecurity.

Embedded systems cybersecurity is important because embedded devices are very different from standard PCs.  They are fixed function devices designed specifically to perform a specialized task.

Many of them are designed using a specialized operating system such as VxWorks, MQX or Integrity, or a stripped down version of Linux. Installing new software on the system in the field either requires a specialized upgrade process or is simply not supported.

In most cases, these devices are optimized to minimize processing cycles and memory usage and do not have a lot of extra processing resources available.

Consequently, standard PC security solutions won’t solve the challenges of embedded devices. In fact, given the specialized nature of embedded systems, PC security solutions won’t even run on most embedded devices.

There’s also the replication factor with embedded systems. Once designed and built, embedded devices are mass produced. There may be thousands to millions of identical devices. If a hacker is able to build a successful attack against one of these devices, the attack can be replicated across all devices.

The design of security for an embedded system is challenging because security requirements are rarely accurately identified at the start of the design process. As a result, embedded systems’ engineers tend to focus on well-understood functional capabilities rather than on stringent security requirements.

In addition, engineers must provide security that causes minimal impacts on a system’s size, weight and power (SWaP), usability, cost and development schedule.

For military purposes, a secure embedded system development methodology is required that achieves three goals: confidentiality, integrity and availability (sometimes referred to by the DoD as the CIA triad for information security).

Embedded systems cybersecurity is also a key factor in IoT protection. A lot of the issues surrounding the IoT and security are really issues that involve embedded systems cybersecurity.

Effective embedded systems cybersecurity is essential because embedded systems in IoT are used in home automation, health and wellness, and security, among others. Likewise, an embedded system in IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is used in remote sensing and control for water, gas, utility meters, shipping/transportation management, robotics integration, and so on.

Advanced Embedded Systems Cybersecurity Course by Tonex

Advanced Embedded Systems Cybersecurity is a 2-day training course workshop. This course will provide a unique learning to explore vulnerabilities in embedded systems that are commonly exploited. Participants will 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. Risk Management Framework (RMF) is used during this training. We will apply RMF to embedded systems. Participants will learn how to translate from RMF to Cybersecurity engineering requirements and embedded systems.

Learn how to manage risks by mitigating the threats to acceptable level by a simple easy to understand, embedded system example. We will show you tools for Deriving Security Functional Requirements Traceable to Controls used in RMF.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, application developers, system designers, embedded system programmers, technical project and product managers and cybersecurity professionals using embedded systems.

What You Will Learn

  • Advanced cybersecurity and threats applied to embedded systems
  • Embedded systems cybersecurity engineering
  • Risk Management Framework (RMF) for embedded systems cybersecurity assessments and control
  • Integrating security into the your systems engineering processes
  • Deriving embedded systems security functional requirements traceable to controls
  • Offensive Hacking/exploitation techniques, tools, and embedded systems vulnerabilities
  • Embedded systems defensive technologies
  • Wireless connectivity vulnerabilities and embedded systems
  • Embedded application, software, RTOS, firmware and hardware analysis
  • Secure embedded systems software/firmware  practices
  • Embedded systems reverse engineering

Course modules/topics

  • Advanced Cybersecurity Engineering
  • Embedded Systems Cybersecurity
  • Embedded Systems Assets, Vulnerabilities and Threats
  • RMF and Security Control Strategies for Embedded Systems Risk Mitigating
  • RMF to Cybersecurity Engineering Requirements
  • Security Requirements Decomposition
  • Embedded Systems Cybersecurity Test and Evaluation (T&E)
  • RMF Workshop for a Simple Embedded System


  • The changing landscape of healthcare cybersecurity
  • The relationship between security and safety risks
  • Evaluation of Risk to Essential Embedded Systems Performance
  • Management of Cybersecurity in Embedded Systems Guidance
  • Cyber physical assurance framework
  • Defense in depth philosophy for embedded system secure product lifecycle
  • Managing safety and security risk convergence

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