Now that more and more engineers are developing the embedded code that control Internet of Things (IoT) products, teams are under increased pressure to create better software in less time-- driven by the more frequent release cycles, higher costs and shorter delivery dates associated with the fiercely competitive global IoT market.
The IoT is dragging embedded developers into the network security debate. Interconnectivity threatens user data and dependable solutions that minimize the risk to companies and their customers are now a requirement. As embedded devices become increasingly networked, there is a growing risk that poor software quality could affect the quality of the final product and the security of customers’ data.
It is common for burrowing animals—moles, gophers, etc.—to build a second, secret tunnel to escape predators. We humans behave similarly, building secondary portals not only as a means of escape, but also as an entryway into our constructs—whether that takes the form of a door to the back porch or a backdoor embedded in code creating a point of access that could circumvent existing access controls.
Experience shows us that there are certain attributes of the software development cycle that we must not only live with, but strive to improve. We may not like it, but we must embrace these realities. Some immutable facts of software development life are: code footprints inevitably grow as time goes on, software will always have defects, and the further a project progresses, the more costly it is to find defects and bugs.
New product features, certification, increased performance and quicker design cycles are pressuring device manufacturers to reduce costs and still meet time-to-market requirements. Considerations like balancing increased performance and demands for lower design, manufacturing costs, freeing up engineering resources, or selecting the right OS and BSPs complicate the decision-making process. Sign up now for an innovative webinar using an on-line tool that calculates when and if you should buy or build.