As most of us head happily toward our increasingly Internet of Things (IoT) future, we tend to think only of the seemingly unlimited opportunities new technology will offer us. Few, if any, of us think of the potential pitfalls along the way.
That’s where Barr Group comes in. As part of their mission to help engineers improve the overall reliability and security of all embedded systems applications, Barr seeks out and highlights the design flaws and vulnerabilities in the design of systems that the majority of us are, for the most part, blissfully unaware.
Barr has done just that in their soon to be released “2017 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey.” The annual survey, first conducted in 2015, looks specifically at the safety and security practices of embedded systems designers. This year, more than 2,000 engineers from around the world participated.
“Embedded systems devices serve as a doorway to the Internet,” said Michael Barr, Barr Group chief technology officer. “There are a number of simple-to-perform, well-known software development best practices, such as version control, code reviews, static analysis, and coding standards, that have been proven to result in safer and more secure embedded systems for all devices—including IoT applications. These techniques are essential to minimizing the risk of tampering or malfunction of any embedded system.”