Chips and the Products That Rely on Them Are Everywhere
Semiconductors are now a daily part of modern life. They power sensitive military equipment and enterprise infrastructure, including many with low to zero tolerance for security risk. Even everyday consumers rely on silicon to improve their professional and personal lives in smartphones, automobiles, and a growing collection of IoT devices like smart doorbells.
Today, demand for semiconductors is so great, especially during the stay-at-home period of COVID-19, that it has outpaced availability in many industries. But as the complexity of new chip designs grows along with their increased prevalence, so does the potential for security exploits.
Unlike with software vulnerabilities, remediation of hardware security flaws isn’t as straightforward as pushing out an update. Even a single missed vulnerability can lead to a loss of customer trust and negatively affect both brand reputation and the bottom line significantly.