According to VXCHNGE, there will be 20.4 billion IoT devices by 2020. That is a staggering number, no doubt! But with this surge of IoT and connected products also must come vigilance. Being connected and staying connected makes us vulnerable to hackers – elevating the need for product security.
Since monitoring for vulnerabilities can be an extremely labor-intensive and manual process, doing so often becomes an afterthought, which is dangerous amid the rapid rise of vulnerabilities in just the last two years alone. The Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE) database, which is operated by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), reveal hundreds of new vulnerabilities every week.
To address this challenge, NXP is now offering Vigiles™ Security Monitoring and Management Service – the first semiconductor company to offer this web-based tool that provides automated vulnerability monitoring for open source software components operating within the Yocto Linux® environment.
Powered by Timesys, Vigiles is a web-based tool that developers can run against their software build and scan against a comprehensive database of known vulnerabilities and fixes. The real secret behind the effectiveness of this tool is the database itself; a unique compilation from multiple sources, including NIST, Canonical, and CERT, just to name a few. The Vigiles team is continuously monitoring for new vulnerability reports and fixes. A Vigiles scan results in a comprehensive report with all the known vulnerabilities that affect the developers’ software, while minimizing duplicate and “false positive” entries. This means developers can focus on fixing vulnerabilities that matter for much more efficient security maintenance.
In a nutshell, the Vigiles tool is designed to help the developer community ensure that their software is secure and up to date. The result is a significant reduction in cost, time and effort to manage security of products built with NXP’s i.MX applications processors as well as its networking and automotive processor lines. Ultimately, Vigiles helps developers bring more secure products to market faster.
The Impact of Vigiles: Different Use Cases, Different Industries
Developers across a wide range of products and industries can benefit from using the Vigiles tool. The following are just a few examples of who is already benefiting from the automated vulnerability management service.
No matter the industry or the product line, the Vigiles web-based tool can help streamline security maintenance for embedded systems using open source components. In fact, early field testing of Vigiles continues to validate how it can significantly cut cost and time for vulnerability management, helping NXP customers bring more secure products to market faster.
For a free demo of Vigiles Prime or to start Vigiles Basic for free, visit: nxp.com/Vigiles.