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Securing Embedded Devices: 9 Considerations for Success

Author: Riscure Team

Security measures can occasionally be neglected or downplayed during the design & development of a product, which can lead to a range of serious consequences that compromise the product’s integrity, data privacy, and overall user safety. Without the proper expertise or guidance, it can be a challenging task to determine where to begin or what aspects to consider when incorporating security into your products. A breach or vulnerability discovered post-launch can result in costly recalls, loss of reputation, and potential legal liabilities.

Riscure believes that integrating security into the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) is essential to creating more secure embedded devices. By educating developers on best practices and embedding security from the get-go, potential vulnerabilities are identified and addressed early, reducing the risk of cyber threats.

This document is the starting point of a long journey to secure device development. We curated a list of the most essential security considerations that we recommend when beginning to incorporate security into your embedded devices. The points discussed in this publication encompass both the strategic and technical aspects of security, covering the entire spectrum from the process-related strategies to the security/implementation-related measures that fortify your embedded systems.

Topics discussed in this publication:

  • Tightening Secure Boot
  • Secure Communication and Cryptography
  • Access Control
  • Hardware Security
  • Over-the-Air updates
  • Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Data Protection

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