Securing Embedded Systems: Page 2 of 2

Building trust in connected devices requires more than just secure communications.

Horizontal Across Industries

Although some industries have already developed security systems for their embedded devices, others are just now starting to look at the problem. “It’s pretty horizontal across IT industries, but the ones that seem to be adopting this the most quickly are in the industrial space—factories and factory automation, control systems, light management, HVAC, fire suppression systems—all of those,” said Hendrick. “The consumer space is a little more fragmented. We have been talking to a number of the medical spaces. It’s heavily regulated and their development cycles are very slow, but they are very interested. Automotive is moving into this space as well. Development cycles there are slow as well, but driver assist and autonomous vehicles become much more sensitive to security,” he told us.

“The trend is moving back from the cloud to the edge—but that’s going to require security.”

Building secure embedded systems that can work with networks is a rapidly growing field. “It’s going to become a baseline,” said Hendrick. “A lot of things that you see now in the mobile industry and payment industry, you are going to see adopted across the embedded space. They will become table stakes and completely pervasive.”

It’s not just data that needs protection. “A lot of these high value algorithms that you are starting to see in the cloud, because you have trusted devices out in the field, will be able to be deployed more and more to these devices,” Hendrick said. “People want to be able to shift these AI and machine learning activities out of the cloud and more and more to these edge devices, but they worry. These algorithms are highly valuable and they go from a data center with a guy with a gun who stands guard to an edge device in a closet in a parking garage. You have to rely on the hardware features there. As security becomes more prolific throughout all of these devices, you’ll see a lot of these things that we are seeing in the cloud today able to shift down to the edge and provide much more real-time, low latency impacts.”

Senior Editor Kevin Clemens has been writing about energy, automotive, and transportation topics for more than 30 years. He has masters degrees in Materials Engineering and Environmental Education and a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in aerodynamics. He has set several world land speed records on electric motorcycles that he built in his workshop.

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