Automotive Cybersecurity @TU-Automotive, SafeRide, Irdeto, GENIVI & FASTR

There were several announcements at TU-Automotive Detroit, yesterday and today. Because there is a cybersecurity track, there was also security news form Argus and Phantom.

Argus and Phantom Teleopeartion Security

Argus Cyber Security, a global leader in automotive cyber security, and Phantom Auto, the leading provider of teleoperation safety technology for automated vehicles (AVs), have partnered to ensure the security of teleoperation safety technology in vehicles. Argus Connectivity Protection, integrated in Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety technology, will detect and block attacks in real-time and prevent them from proliferating to the in-vehicle network.

Cyber security challenges in the automotive sector are becoming increasingly significant as AVs become a reality and as the number of heterogeneous applications and services that run on AVs or interact with them grows, including teleoperation safety technologies. In addressing this issue, the California Department of Motor Vehicles mandates: (1) the use of remote operation for driverless testing, and (2) “a certification that AVs meet appropriate and applicable current industry standards to help defend against, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks, unauthorized intrusions, or false vehicle control commands.”

Argus is demonstrating how its Connectivity Protection solution secures connected electronic control units (ECUs) at TU-Automotive Detroit, Booth C231.

SafeRide & Irdeto

SafeRide and Irdeto have formed a strategic partnership to provide OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers with the most advanced cybersecurity solution for connected and autonomous vehicles. The industry-first solution combines network security with software security on the ECU, allowing OEMs to detect, protect and respond to cyberthreats. This provides multi-layer protection for securing both the vehicle connectivity perimeter and the in-vehicle core layer from known and unknown cyberattacks, including zero-day threats and anomalies.

“Hackers deploy a number of tactics in order to gain root access to a device and compromise system security,” said Niels Haverkorn, General Manager, Connected Transport, Irdeto. “Our partnership with SafeRide provides a joint security solution that assumes system vulnerabilities have been exploited by an attacker, focusing on protecting a compromised system from misuse. By safeguarding critical files and data as well as preventing tampering of the ECU, we are providing OEMs and Tier-1s with the ability to secure vehicle software and telematics systems from damaging cyberattacks.”

SafeRide’s solution, vSentry, provides the unique ability to uncover the onset of unknown threats and anomalies. Using an Artificial Intelligence engine, in addition to a robust zero false-positive security engine, the solution provides multi-layer protection for securing the connectivity perimeter and the in-vehicle core layer against unauthorized operations and access attempts. Irdeto’s Cloakware® for Connected Transport solution provides a highly effective, multi-layered, renewable and tunable approach to software protection to protect platforms against reverse engineering, tampering and automated attacks.

“We feel excited about the aggregated value that this solution brings to the automotive industry as automakers look to deploy connected vehicle applications, including Connectivity Gateways and IVI systems, with reliable cybersecurity support that leaves no room for mistakes,” said Yossi Vardi, SafeRide Co-Founder and CEO. “Irdeto’s Cloakware technology and industry leadership combined with SafeRide’s platform cybersecurity with in-vehicle big-data analytics enables OEMs to offset the security liability, while driving value add applications and new business models.”

SafeRide and Irdeto will showcase this joint security solution at TU Automotive in Novi, MI from 6-7 of June 2018. Please visit the Irdeto booth (B63) to learn more and receive a demo of the solution.


The GENIVI Alliance, a collaborative community of automakers and their suppliers developing open software for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and the connected car, and Future of Automotive Security Technology Research (FASTR), a nonprofit research consortium dedicated to automotive cybersecurity, are joining forces as a single automotive security team to advance both organizations’ efforts, interests and expertise in automotive cybersecurity.

The newly combined security activities will operate under the GENIVI Security Team.  Together, the team will build upon the foundations both organizations have already established in the areas of threat modeling, secure software over-the-air updates and developing secure software.

As vehicles become increasingly connected and software-powered, GENIVI and FASTR both recognized an emerging need for a comprehensive, end-to-end security model. The work of the combined security team will look at automotive cybersecurity holistically and deliver guidelines and research that helps stakeholders build, deliver and manage more secure vehicles in the future.

Karamba Quote

David Barzilai, executive chairman and co-founder of Karamba Security, believes that protecting cars from cyberattacks is the cornerstone of ensuring safe, ongoing operations behind the wheel. Considering that the majority of today’s breach incidents are the result of human error, bringing the human touch back in driverless cars actually has the potential to increase safety risks caused by vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. The company won an award for best cybersecurity product.


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