Embedded cyber security is the set of cybersecurity measures to safeguard the embedded systems from all kinds of malicious activities including hacks and breaches. It ensures that the embedded systems have proper mechanisms in place to mitigate the potential cyber-attacks.
is the estimated growth rate of the embedded systems market from 2021 to 2030
of CAGR growth is expected by 2026 in embedded security market.
of CAGR growth is expected specifically in the automotive category.
It is certainly the need of the hour to address the issue of embedded cyber security. The embedded systems are generally small devices and gadgets with integrated hardware and software. They have the client and the server at the same place connected to the internet.
Hackers can exploit the security vulnerabilities and hack through these systems. These systems are connected to your network. So, a small hack can eventually result in taking your entire system down.
Going down this comprehensive journey, we will first talk about the approach to adopting embedded systems security.
The embedded system concerns itself with both hardware and software. Hence, embedded cyber security needs to cover both these aspects.
Let us address both one by one:
The embedded systems are still a technology that is making its initial strides. cyber criminals are always looking to exploit the vulnerabilities present in these systems.
Following are the major challenges in deploying cyber security to embedded systems:
Standardization helps any technology maintain regularity throughout all its functionalities. There are no set standards for cybersecurity measures in embedded systems. Although there are a few emerging players in the auto and other rising industries working upon the solution for this.
Most developers out there are unaware of how to develop secure embedded systems. The lack of standardization that we mentioned in the first point, is the main reason for this. Also, the complications of embedded applications contribute to this. Furthermore, writing a secure to perform efficiently within the constrained environment of an embedded system is a tricky task.
Most of the embedded system devices require either third-party software or hardware to function. This leads to security gaps due to not having thorough tests on the assembly for flaws and vulnerabilities.
The embedded system devices are usually connected directly to the internet. Most of them do not get the secure covering of the enterprise firewall. This makes these systems exposed to undetected network attacks.
The threats online are continuously upgrading. But the embedded systems are slightly behind in terms of constant up-gradation. Th makes them susceptible to a lot of bugs and hackers can easily exploit their vulnerabilities.