Systems are taken apart and reversed engineered by adversaries, and the technological advantage is lost, Edwards affirms. “The more product [you have] out there, the higher the risk.”
This concern is being pushed down the “food chain” – it is coming down to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) companies, Edwards continues. “It is driving security down to the COTS level.
“There are capabilities on the board level and software level to protect investment,” Edwards says. “There’s no one [perfect] solution, no magic bullet, for security; you need multiple pieces protecting each other. No one piece solves everything.
“Security or trusted computing is real, and companies are no longer getting waivers [to sidestep security requirements]. It is an up-front issue, and the COTS industry can solve it,” Edwards concludes.