There is an old saying among cybersecurity vulnerability management practitioners:
The “good guys” have to get it right every time.
The “bad guys” have to get it right only once.
That means that the “good guys” — the security professionals whose mission is to keep corporate data safe — need to monitor, analyze and respond to every vulnerability that puts their systems, users and data at risk.
Meanwhile, the “bad guys” — the black hat hackers whose mission is to put corporate systems, users and data at risk by exploiting vulnerabilities — need to find only one unpatched system or get only one user to click on a phishing email.
Then it’s game over.
This dynamic is why making your products secure can seem so hard. You are like a soccer goalie in an endless overtime “sudden death” shootout, with the league’s best goal-scorers pummeling you with shot after shot.
But not so fast … the good news is that security for your embedded systems products does not have to be this hard.
There are ways to simplify and automate vulnerability monitoring. There are best practices for Linux patch management. There are easy ways to build out a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) for your project and use it for monitoring Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs).
So while securing your software might seem daunting and hopeless, there are proven best practices to streamline your product security process.
That’s exactly what you will learn in our new Vigiles Quick Start Education Program.
Quick Start to Powerful Security
The Vigiles Quick Start Education Program is a free service for Vigiles customers and Prime Trial users that gets your vulnerability management process up and running quickly. In most cases, you can start detecting vulnerabilities for your specific project in less than 30 minutes.
Just think about that for a moment. If you were to start vulnerability monitoring manually for your embedded system project, you would have to:
- Inventory every piece of third-party software in your product, including every version.
- Compare that list to the hundreds of CVEs announced this week (and last week, and the week before that, and the week before that … . You get the idea.)
- Try to figure out if any of those CVEs put your system at risk.
- Prioritize the mess of CVEs that do apply and figure out how to mitigate them.
- Fix the vulnerabilities that matter most.
- Rinse and repeat.
For those of you already using our Timesys Vigiles Security Monitoring & Management Service, you know that Vigiles automates and simplifies all these steps into one easy process.
For those of you new to Vigiles … it’s free, and you can get started right now.
The new Quick Start Education Program gives you the fast-track to automating and streamlining the whole process. It will have your vulnerability monitoring, vulnerability triage and vulnerability mitigation process going in less time than it takes to read today’s CVE notification list in the National Vulnerability Database (NVD).
In a few short consultation sessions, Quick Start will give you:
- Hands-on instruction to generate an SBOM and vulnerability report for it.
- Step-by-step guidance for vulnerability analysis and mitigation and managing vulnerabilities across releases, aligned with your Software Development Lifecycle.
- Recommendations for meeting industry regulations or security compliance.
Don’t let security management headaches get in the way of bringing secure products to market and keeping them secure. Get started with Quick Start today.
Timesys has extensive experience with embedded system development and lifecycle management. Timesys has been instrumental in working with global leader semiconductor manufacturers with smart, quick and quality solutions for highly complex systems with accelerated product innovation and multiple product variants.