The connectivity revolution is changing our lives. It allows us to interact with the many devices we own, learn from their use, increase efficiency and save resources.
As part of this revolution, manufacturers can be motivated to explore new areas where they have no previous experience: from embedding new components into their devices, by writing dedicated add-on code for connectivity, to integrating with other solutions.
As a result, to meet market expectations and enjoy a competitive advantage, many manufacturers rush to “connect” their products, focusing on ease of use while ignoring anything that might slow down production or require additional expertise.
The Forgotten IoT Security
IoT security is something that has been forgotten over the past few years. Against the backdrop of the connectivity revolution, the stark reality is that the number of attacks on embedded connected devices continues to grow, and the techniques used by adversaries are becoming more powerful… These attacks still lack depth and sophistication, but they mimic previous attack techniques with improvements, such as increased infection rates, persistence or control over the target.
Unlike traditional IT, IoT business users need to do little to protect their devices; they can invest in designing a network architecture that isolates those devices and tries to prevent them from using some ports. However, IoT devices have limited visibility and control over them, and the ability to interact with devices can be limited by manufacturer-defined interactions. The option to install security modules on devices (as we do on endpoints such as laptops, desktops and servers) does not even exist.
Security Awareness Awakens
However, this reality is beginning to change. Manufacturers are beginning to understand that the market expects secure and reliable devices. This expectation, which first came from the enterprise and industrial markets, is slowly expanding to the consumer market as well. As a result, many manufacturers are trying to explore how they can better design future devices to accommodate security requirements.
IoT security cannot be an “afterthought”. So connected device vendors are beginning to realize the need to plan for security throughout the device lifecycle: designing products with security in mind, choosing the right hardware components, writing code to incorporate security into the device, setting secure default configurations, disabling insecure configurations, and even proactively blocking or even prohibiting customers from making changes that reduce the risk of security.
That said, it”s never too late to start protecting connected devices. Even after hardware components are selected, dedicated application code is written, third-party software and open source libraries are installed, and even after the device has been deployed to the user”s environment, changes can still be made and security levels can be significantly improved.
The Siveco Vdoo IoT device security protection and hardening platform identifies and addresses a variety of security issues throughout the product lifecycle, thereby reducing product risk levels and improving competitiveness.
Now is the best time to secure
Cyber security is based on multiple layers of protection, and while the hardware and physical packaging of a device affects the security level of the device, the greatest opportunity for remote attackers lies in the device”s software. Manufacturers can update the software layer located on the device by releasing a new firmware update with little effort. Manufacturers can use this mechanism to fix bugs in the device, add new features, and also significantly improve the level of protection and security of the device.
When building our products, one of our goals is to provide manufacturers with an efficient, cost-effective, automated and easy-to-use solution so they can protect their devices, regardless of the current stage of development.
At Syscan Vision, the automated security platform for IoT devices, manufacturers can use our automated analytics capabilities to clarify what the current threats and security requirements are for a particular device, based on the device”s characteristics and attributes, regardless of the development stage or firmware version. In addition, whether from a hardware or software perspective, Vision enables manufacturers to clarify what they should do from a security perspective when building a new product before there is firmware to analyze, or when a device needs to be improved.
When the process of protecting the device is complete, Avision Vdoo provides certification to the manufacturer, enabling the customer to make an informed purchase decision with security in mind. This also provides third-party certification to the manufacturer that security has been considered and protection has been provided when the device was manufactured.
We encourage device manufacturers to stay ahead of attackers, protect their customers, and secure their devices regardless of the stage of development – whether the product is being deployed in the field, being tested for pre-release, or just being designed, or at any other stage. The Siveco Vdoo IoT device security protection and hardening platform focuses on providing automated, scalable solutions that help manufacturers quickly overcome security vulnerabilities by providing actionable guidance on fixing existing device risks.
Siveco believes now is the best time to secure.
Appendix – Avision Vdoo Security Protection Platform
Siveco Vdoo is an end-to-end product security analysis platform that automates so software security tasks throughout the product lifecycle, ensuring that all security issues are prioritized, communicated and mitigated. The vertically agnostic platform enables device manufacturers and deployers in a variety of industries to extend their product security capabilities across multiple lines of business. Hologic”s Vdoo approach to automatically protecting connected products allows customers to significantly reduce time to market, reduce resource requirements, increase sales, and reduce overall risk.
Siveco – Industrial Internet of Things
Avision is a high-tech company with over 3 years of experience in the Industrial IoT IIoT industry. Avision has partnered with the world”s top companies in the field including EXOR, Eurotech, Unitronics, Matrikon, KUNBUS, etc. to provide advanced high-end Industry 4.0 industrial touchscreens, high-end edge computers, IoT development frameworks, PLC and HMI All-in-One, OPC UA, industrial grade Raspberry Pi, VTSCADA and other solutions. All members of the IoT Division are professionally trained and certified, with an average of 3 years of technical experience and a level that consistently wins excellent reputation from our customers. We actively participate in industry associations and make significant contributions to promote the popularity of advanced technologies. To date, Hongke has provided different solutions from hardware to software for many users in the industry, and has participated and assisted many OEMs in their device development and migration projects, as well as end-users in their Smart Factory and Industry 4.0 upgrade projects.