Chapter 14

Platform and Content Security

Informed users of embedded systems typically want answers to three fundamental questions:

1. Does it work?

2. What will it cost?

3. Is the system secure?

The first two questions differ from the third—which is the focus of this chapter—in more ways than one.

First, questions of correct function and cost are well within the traditionally recognized boundaries of embedded systems engineering. Engineers are trained to build things correctly, and engineers play an essential role in determining the cost of systems, both directly, by designing systems and choosing their components whose costs factor into the total system price, and indirectly, via their compensation for time spent on the development of the ...

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