Archive For July, 2011

5 articles

Android software quality: it’s all in a single number

By Chris Buerger Picture this: you are responsible for ensuring that the quality of the Android device you are about to ship will hold up in front of your customers. You are responsible that it will meet the often elusive 'commercial quality' goal. And it doesn't matter whether the Android software is being released as an initial software load on…

Embedded Device Security: Information Assurance and Cyber Security

By Marc Brown Security is a heavily overloaded term, meaning different things to different people. In the embedded systems world, news on security is often about Stuxnet or similar attacks where an enemy can control devices remotely and shut them down, make them behave abnormally, or worse, cause equipment failure and destruction.  In the enterprise world there is news of…

Testing for Security

By Ido Sarig Last summer was a watershed event for security-consciousness in the embedded systems world: Stuxnet, a highly sophisticated worm exploited no fewer than 4 zero day vulnerabilities in Windows in order to attack a specific Siemens PLC and its associated SCADA system. The target was reportedly the Iranian nuclear facilities at Natanz, where uranium-enrichment centrifuges were taken out of…

Strengthening Security for Connected Medical Devices

By Santhosh Nair Three years ago an article in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that computer hackers could gain wireless access to implanted pacemakers and shut them off, or reprogram defibrillators to deliver fatal jolts of electricity. This generated an avalanche of press worldwide about the hidden risks of medical devices, followed by requisite hand-wringing from politicians and…

Highlights and hot topics from the Medical Devices Summit

By Santhosh Nair There were a lot of great takeaways from the Medical Devices Summit that I attended last week in San Diego.  Wind River solutions architect Pete MacKay gave an excellent presentation about medical devices design, cloud and Android that was very well received and Intel ECG presented on embedded security and isolation/protection in medical device design.  Wind River…