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Embedded Device & IoT Vulnerability Testing

Vulnerability testing of IoT and embedded devices will ensure your devices are safe from unauthorised access. If devices are lost, stolen or on-sold, your organisation risks the extraction or exploitation of company configurations.  Proactive testing is the primary strategy to ensure compliance and help prevent incidents before they happen. Find out how we can help your organisation:

Embedded Device Security:

A critical tool

The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide is forecast to almost triple from 8.74 billion in 2020 to more than 25.4 billion IoT devices in 2030. Embedded devices and IoT typically operate using embedded operating systems or microcontrollers. In doing so, embedded devices and IoT often store personally identifiable user data and connection configurations to communicate with the internet, base station or other devices. However, security of such devices is vital, especially when they are processing sensitive data and have access to critical networks or systems within an organisation, or crucially, where a potential breach may endanger health.

We can examine your devices either as part of an ecosystem, including networked devices or a web portal, or as a stand-alone black box environment, to guarantee the highest level of IoT cybersecurity.

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While data at rest may be secure in your organisation’s everyday technologies, often credentials for Wi-Fi or web portals are hardcoded or undocumented features are able to bypass security mechanisms. Utilising a range of software and hardware tools, Gridware will monitor how data is transmitted between components or external to the device, determine the likelihood of memory access and extraction, investigate the security of data in transit and the possibility of the data being intercepted. Gridware will also examine the extracted memory for identifiable, sensitive information, as well as its ability to be modified and uploaded. Additionally, Gridware will review code and test edge cases such as sensor and input fuzzing, highlighting embedded software vulnerabilities to ensure your organisation is secure from malicious threat actors.

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Gridware Differentiators

Our forensics experts have over 20 years of experience in the field of IoT cybersecurity services. This includes designing embedded systems, from Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design to developing tools and methodologies for programming and extracting data from embedded and IoT devices. We have a proven track record of finding vulnerabilities in embedded and IoT devices and working with our clients to remediate risks and eradicating possible threats. Gridware is uniquely positioned to offer a rapid turnaround, coupled with a depth of experience and an enviable list of commercial and government clients.

Gridware is proud to be CREST (Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers) Certified, a result of our leadership and experience in the industry. Employing the highest quality IoT cybersecurity talent in the market, we continue to offer our clients results that speak for themselves and have averted financial loss, reputational damage and lost time for a plethora of organisations.

The Gridware Device Testing Approach

Gridware’s embedded device and IoT cybersecurity assessment helps shape cyber strategies and frameworks by testing, validating, or invalidating the effectiveness of defensive controls and determining what needs to be done to strengthen them. Exploring IoT and embedded device vulnerabilities consists of mapping the entire attack surface, including the investigation of:

We will assess chipsets, microcontrollers, processors, flash memory, Boot ROM and sensors, as well as hardware communication protocols such as JTAG, SWD, UART, SPI, I2C and USB. If hardware insecurities are present, Gridware will prepare effective and easy-to-understand solutions.

We will evaluate the compiled native code that controls and configures the device’s operation, stored within its memory. If Gridware identifies weakness in your organisation’s firmware, detailed steps will be provided to assist you in resolving the issue.

We will examine how the device communicates with the outside world via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Cellular 4/5G, LoRa, NFC and RFID. If Gridware noticies any irregularities, your organisation will be administered with detailed resolutions.

We will investigate and ensure that the data at rest is encrypted and protected from extraction. We will also examine how credentials are transferred via links, how keys are shared, and if the encryption is symmetric or asymmetric. If any vulnerabilities are present, Gridware will supply your organisation with their respective remediation activities.


Key Benefits

Gridware’s IoT cybersecurity services will help you take preventive action to avoid the cost of an embedded device or IoT data breach. Testing is effective at mitigating the financial loss and reputational damage resulting from embedded device vulnerabilities. It can be an industry-leading move in helping organisations take their systems from below-average to strategically in tune with the latest threats and challenges pertaining to embedded and IoT devices.

Embedded device vulnerability testing is a proactive way of shaping mature cybersecurity strategies by testing wireless technologies and systems before something can go wrong. 

Gridware is proud to be CREST (Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers) Certified.

Embedded Device and IoT FAQs

Embedded Devices and IoT often store personally identifiable user data and connection configurations to communicate with the internet, base station or other devices. They typically operate using embedded operating systems or microcontrollers. Some examples include:

  • Fitness Trackers
  • GPS Systems
  • Home Security
  • IP Cameras
  • Health Monitors
  • Smart TVs or Fridges
  • Amazon, Google and Apple Home Devices
  • Speakers
  • Routers

No. Rarely are two devices the same. While we see many of the same components, their configuration and use are unique and hence the testing scheme is customised to your devices. Whether you are customising an off-the-shelf device or have developed your own devices, Gridware can give you peace of mind as you enter the market that your devices and ecosystems are secure.

Gridware specialises in not only identifying vulnerabilities, but also working with you to minimise your risk exposure. We can recommend code changes, device configurations and security improvements to keep your client and company information secure.  

We have dedicated team members who specialise in embedded and IoT devices. We can usually turn around initial results within a week.

The costs of an embedded device & IoT assessment will vary from organisation to organisation, and is heavily dependent on the amount of resources required to conduct the analysis. The average consulting days for of a data breach investigation in Australia will range between 3 – 20 FTE consulting days.

Customer Stories

Gridware has acted for hundreds of companies and helped them recover from potentially disastrous situations. Read about how our services have helped others:


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