Web applications provide a portal through network firewalls, allowing attackers to access sensitive information by exploiting software vulnerabilities. For this reason, most web application developers use application security testing technologies to test their code for common security weaknesses.
Traditionally, the embedded market wasn’t as concerned with software security. Instead, embedded developers focused more on quality defects that could cause reliability or functionality issues. This focus has changed with the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). Now that most embedded devices are connected to the internet, they are also connected to malicious actors. Embedded developers must understand and respond to the potential security implications of building software in connected devices.