A cloud hosted subscription undoubtedly has several benefits over other fielding options, esp. no upfront cost hurdles, no maintenance costs, low overall cost, convenience, flexible scalability etc.
However, both our investor organization and trial users voiced obvious security concerns (your binaries are sent to the cloud), and concerns with being able to extract firmware from already-fielded (embedded) devices – including scenarios where internet connectivity is spotty or unavailable. While we at ObjectSecurity are taking security very seriously and have baked appropriate security feature into the cloud hosting and application, these concerns remain valid for some users (esp. for government users).
As a consequence, ObjectSecurity has in fact focused most of our recent development efforts on alternative fielding options to support those requirements, which are described further below.