Embedded Systems Security Benefits
An embedded security solution provides protection for IoT devices at the firmware level. Implementing this level of security within their devices can provide a number of benefits to IoT manufacturers, such as:
- Customer Confidence: Deploying an embedded security solution provides an IoT device manufacturer with a clear answer to customers’ security-related questions. This clarity and transparency builds customer confidence in the manufacturer’s cybersecurity practices, which are an increasingly important component of the buying decision process.
- Competitive Differentiation: IoT devices are largely unregulated with regard to cybersecurity, so many device manufacturers do not have a security focus. Implementing embedded security within IoT devices provides manufacturers with a method to clearly differentiate themselves from less-secure competitors.
- Compliance with Upcoming Laws: While IoT security laws are currently uncommon, they exist in some jurisdictions and more will come in the future. Embedded security in IoT devices provides a foundation and a head start for an IoT device manufacturer’s future regulatory compliance efforts.
- Increased Market Access: Some industries, like the government and military, have strict security standards for the devices permitted to connect to their networks and process their data. Implementing embedded security in their devices may enable IoT manufacturers to meet these more stringent security requirements and compete in these markets.
- Device Security Management: The ways in which IoT devices are deployed and used means that they can be difficult to effectively monitor and manage. A consistent, embedded software security solution in these devices can provide access to a cloud-based platform for simplified security management.
- Integrated Security: IoT devices’ resource constraints make it difficult to deploy traditional cybersecurity solutions on them and to integrate them into an organization’s security deployment. Firmware-level security in embedded devices that enables simplified device monitoring and management can help to fix this issue.
Embedded Device Security with Check Point
Check Point recommends a three step process for IoT device security. The first step in this process is assessing the cybersecurity risks associated with the device in question. Check Point offers a free IoT security assessment to enable IoT manufacturers to identify potential vulnerabilities within their products.
The second stage in the IoT protection process is hardening, which involves deploying an embedded security solution. Check Point’s IoT Protect Nano Agent provides security designed for IoT devices with a number of benefits, including:
- Runtime Protection
- Protection Against Zero-Day Attacks
- No Source Code Required
- Complete Firmware Coverage
- Painless Installation
- Minimal Performance Impacts
- Check Point Infinity NEXT Integration
Finally, IoT devices should be controlled. These devices should have security policies defined and enforced that help to protect them against cybersecurity threats and the risks of insecure network access.
Start this process by taking the free IoT security assessment. You’re also welcome to request an IoT security demo to learn how to implement embedded security to better protect your IoT devices.