Embedded Software Security Essentials

When it comes to embedded software, security matters. Programming Research Ltd (PRQA) helps its customers to develop high-quality embedded source code—software which is impervious to attack and executes as intended. PRQA solutions are widely adopted by organizations whose products need to perform securely and reliably in mission-critical and safety-critical environments, as well as any other industry where software must behave as intended.

Read the following whitepapers on embedded software security.


SecVulnSource_ThumbnailAddressing Security Vulnerabilities at the Source: A Guide to Using Static Source Code Analysis to Develop More Secure Embedded Software 

Many embedded developers underestimate how vulnerable embedded devices are to cyber-attacks. When security issues do occur, organizations often respond by addressing the symptoms of poor security rather than the root causes. This resource explains why it’s so difficult to find and correct issues in embedded software. Discover how static analysis tools can simplify and automate code review to eliminate mistakes before they become integrated into the code base.


How IoT Is Making Security Imperative for All Embedded Software: Why embedded software development needs to change and what organizations can do to improve software security while reducing development time

Many IoT products lack proper security due to outdated software development practices.  Hackers and criminals are acutely aware that many of the security procedures and applications in use today were designed to defend against attacks in the PC era – not current IoT threat vectors.  Security isn’t a product “add-on” or feature; it must be built in. Learn about the unique challenges of securing embedded applications and how to deploy processes and tools to deliver more secure products faster.


Developing Secure Embedded Software: Quality Doesn’t Equal Security

Most organization put considerable focus on software quality, but software security is different. Embedded development presents the challenge of coding in a language that’s inherently insecure; and quality assurance does little to ensure security. Learn about:

  • Why commonly used approaches to security typically fail
  • How quality assurance fails to prevent the delivery of vulnerable and insecure software
  • Implementing secure development approaches
  • Testing tools for identifying and correcting security flaws
  • Reducing time and cost of developing source code for embedded systems

Addressing Security Vulnerabilities in Embedded Applications Using Best Practice Software Development Processes and Standards: An introduction to applying CWE coding guidelines and achieving CERT security compliance using static analysis tools

Many embedded systems and “connected” IoT products lack proper security due to outdated software development practices. Organizations now know they need to incorporate security into the software SDLC, yet many lack security expertise and are struggling with how to implement best practices. Learn about:

  • Secure development guidelines and resources
  • Identifying and preventing known vulnerabilities
  • Leveraging the Common Weakness Enumeration database
  • CERT Coding standards for embedded developers
  • How Static Analysis finds source code defects and vulnerabilities and measures source code compliance

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