Best of Automotive Cybersecurity: BB, GuardKnox & Cyber 2

Besides more members in the Auto-ISAC, there was more cybersecurity news this week from FMI, BlackBerry, GuardKnox and Cyber 2.

Future of Automotive Cybersecurity

Future Market Inisghts reports that the market for automotive cyber security is estimated to increase in the coming years due to increase in the adoption of telematics services in the vehicles. Also due to increasing threats of cyber-attacks in the automotive and transportation systems the need for automotive cyber security is increasing. In next eight to ten years the demand for connected and autonomous vehicles is projected to grow, also number of companies are doing research in the field of connected vehicles and autonomous vehicles such as Google, Mobileye, Nissan, Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Toyota, Daimler, and others.

The global Automotive Cyber Security market is segmented on the basis of types of cyber security solution such as Software-based, Hardware-based, and Network & Cloud. The global automotive cyber security market is also segmented on the basis of vehicle type such as passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, and heavy commercial vehicles.

The major players identified across the value chain of global Automotive Cyber Security market include Argus Cyber Security Ltd., Cisco Systems Inc., Arilou Technologies, Harman International, Intel Corporation, NXP Semiconductors, ESCRYPT Embedded Systems, Secunet AG, and others. The companies are emphasizing on research and development and new product development in order to maintain the competitive advantage in global automotive cyber security market during the forecast period. In order to meet the increasing demand of cyber security systems, companies all over the world are looking to expand the product portfolio and increase the sales strategies. The companies are also focusing on different strategies in order to maintain the market share in the global automotive cyber security market.

BlackBerry  & Jaguar Land Rover

BlackBerry and Jaguar Land Rover announced toat the companies have entered into a multi-year agreement to collaborate and develop technology for the automotive manufacturer’s next-generation vehicles.

As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will license its QNX and Certicom technology to Jaguar Land Rover, as well as assign a team of engineers to support in the development of new Electronic Control Unit (ECU) modules. The first ECU project will be a next-generation infotainment system.

As the leader in safety-certified, secure, and reliable software for the automotive industry, BlackBerry currently provides OEMs around the world with state-of-the-art technology to protect and mitigate hardware, software, applications and end-to-end systems from cyberattacks. BlackBerry’s pedigree in security and continued innovation has led to recent automotive design wins with Baidu, Delphi, Denso, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Visteon, and others.

GuardKnox Lockdowns Patents

GuardKnox Cyber Technologies a comprehensive cybersecurity company providing hardware and software solutions to the automotive value chain,  announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 9,899,563B2 to the company for its Lockdown Methodology.

GuardKnox has also received a notice of allowance from the US Patent Office on its second patent covering the hardware architecture it has developed.

The Lockdown Methodology is a proactive defense that prevents any attacks to enter the entire vehicle’s ecosystem. It protects by scanning a vehicle’s communications matrix and configures it in such a way that any instructions have to meet in real time a set of rules, standards and state machine enforcement. If these requirements are not met, the instruction is classed as invalid and not permitted into the vehicle’s systems.

GuardKnox’s second patent will be for hardware components configured for secure physical separation of communications networks. The company also has several additional patents surrounding cybersecurity technologies, as well as many having to do with subscription-based services being reviewed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

GuardKnox’s cybersecurity solution can be installed during the design and production of a new vehicle, can be fitted into current production models, or retrofit into vehicles now on the road. By design, it is completely transparent to all other ECUs and does not require any architectural modification, significantly lowering integration costs.

According to Dionis Teshler, GuardKnox Cyber Technologies Chief Technical Officer, “When most people think of cybersecurity in the automotive industry, they think of someone taking control of the vehicle and crashing it. However, we also need to consider another aspect, your car collects a growing amount of data, either from its internal systems or an outside source such as a personal cellphone connected to the system. This data is very valuable and worth a lot of money, making it a target for hackers. Our solution will not allow the car to be hacked nor data to be stolen.”

While GuardKnox is currently focused on securing connected and autonomous automobiles, the patent covers all moving vehicles including trucks and buses to ships, planes, drones, and even spaceships. With the issuance of this new patent, GuardKnox is actively seeking potential commercialization partners for its Lockdown Methodology products in the United States.

About GuardKnox Cyber Technologies
GuardKnox offers automotive manufacturers comprehensive cybersecurity hardware solutions, which fit the automotive value chain and alleviates the difficulties of integrating a software solution. It is a proven technology geared specifically for the automotive eco-system. Our unique Lockdown Methodology, developed by the GuardKnox team, has been successfully deployed for use in Israel’s Iron Dome and Arrow III missile defense systems, as well as the Israeli F-35 fighter jet. GuardKnox is ISO 15408 and 26262 Certified.

Cyber 2 Offers Free Stamper Tech

Cyber 2 Automotive Security, announced that its patented Stamper technology, which protects the connected car from cyber threats, is now being made available to auto manufacturers and suppliers worldwide on a royalty free license basis. The news comes in response to a recently issued warning from The U.S. Homeland Security Cybersecurity response team, cautioning automobile makers to review new research highlighting significant flaws in vehicle control modules affecting the security of chips in cars, and to review their current systems to prevent possible denial-of-service attacks and other mischief.

Michael Dick, CEO of c2a Security said, “We are proud to offer the market a royalty free solution to this problem. Upcoming compliance requirements will drive the development of innovative frameworks that support the early identification, mitigation and management of risks and we are happy to contribute to the safety of drivers and passengers worldwide.”

Cyberattacks have dominated the headlines and devastated a slew of companies over the past few years, compromising millions of people’s personal information and costing billions of dollars in losses to those businesses. Recently the world has seen the devastating effects of chip level attacks such as Spectre and Meltdown affecting processors worldwide. c2a has developed a revolutionary safety and security layer for the next generation of connected vehicles to protect all of the hundreds of semiconductor chips and processors in the car. This revolutionary solution includes bringing its Stamper firewall type functionality into the car network, as well as multi-network anomaly detection, microprocessor protection and diagnostics over IP infrastructure.

Moshe Raines, Managing Partner at Labs/02, c2a’s lead investor said, “The automotive industry now realizes the critical need for cyber protection. Bringing this critical functionality to car manufacturers around the world on a royalty free basis will make all cars much safer from cyber hackers.”


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