Media Relations for a Connected World
Making an Internet of Secure Things
”If you look at most embedded devices out in the world today, there’s little in the way of security,” Alan Grau, president and co-founder of Icon Labs, recently told Design News. “When you ask people about it, you get misleading answers. They’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, we’ve got security.’ But often, they don’t.”
Experts have been aware of embedded vulnerabilities for years. As far back as 2009, a Columbia University study, Brave New World: Pervasive Insecurity of Embedded Network Devices, clearly predicted the problem. Using a simple set of intrusion tests, researchers concluded that embedded consumer devices were about 18 times more vulnerable to attack than enterprise devices, such as office laptops.
”If you try to connect your laptop to an (office) network, it will typically verify, authenticate, and run security software before it lets you on,” Grau told us. “The embedded world needs to migrate toward that type of model.”
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